Calgarys decision to sign Ryan OReilly to an offer sheet earlier this season didnt produce the results that the Flames had hoped for. But it created a ripple effect around the National Hockey League one that was felt in Phoenix.
With budding star Oliver Ekman-Larsson entering the final season (a shortened one, no less) of his contract, Coyotes general manager Don Maloney and assistant GM Brad Treliving adopted a sense of urgency.
Ive never been a fan of long-term contracts for young players who are still improving. Id rather not pay for potential, Maloney said. But when the offer sheet came out on OReilly, it really put us into overdrive because we thought we were potentially vulnerable to an offer sheet in the offseason.
Maloney calmed the fears of Coyotes fans on Friday when the team announced a six-year, 33 million extension for the Swedish defenseman that will keep Ekman-Larsson in a Coyotes sweater until 2019. The deal is backloaded to give the Coyotes more cap flexibility...