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Canucks can’t strike a deal: Oliver Ekman-Larsson staying put in Arizona

The Arizona Coyotes captain is staying put in the desert.

Colorado Avalanche v Arizona Coyotes - Game Three
Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 of the Arizona Coyotes warms up before playing against the Colorado Avalanche in Game Three of the Western Conference First Round of the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff at Rogers Place on August 15, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta.
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The Arizona Coyotes captain is staying put in the desert.

After nearly two weeks of rumours connecting Oliver Ekman-Larsson to the Vancouver Canucks, the deal is now dead in the water according to The Athletic’s Craig Morgan.

Ekman-Larsson’s agent Kevin Epp announced earlier in the week that the Coyotes had until the beginning of free agency to trade Ekman-Larsson, otherwise the 29-year-old was staying put in Arizona.

It was reported for weeks that Ekman-Larsson would waive his no trade clause to go to either Boston or Vancouver. Although Arizona wanted to circle back to Boston for a trade, it was the Canucks who were reportedly pushing hard to make this deal happen.

With Ekman-Larsson now off the market, the Canucks are going to have their work cut out for them to improve the defence. Chris Tanev and Troy Stecher are available unrestricted free agents, although there haven’t been any rumblings about the returning to Vancouver.

Another name that’s been mentioned for more than a year is Tyson Barrie. Is this a guy that the Canucks might circle back on, now that Ekman-Larsson is staying put in Arizona?