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Mar 6, 2020; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Arizona Coyotes defense Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) skates against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The agent for defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson has set a deadline for his client to be traded to either the Boston Bruins or Vancouver Canucks. Per Darren Dreger and others, agent Kevin Epp says the deadline for Ekman-Larsson to be traded to either the Bruins or Canucks is Friday, the start of free agency.

If free agency begins without a trade, Ekman-Larsson will stay with the Arizona Coyotes.

“We think the best option for a trade is before free agency,” Epp said, via Dreger/TSN. “If no deal by Friday, Oliver is staying in Arizona.”

It certainly feels like posturing from Ekman-Larsson’s side to push the Bruins and Canucks toward making strong offers for the Coyotes captain. Ekman-Larsson’s contract – he’s owed $8.25 million over the next seven years – is likely holding the Bruins back on their price. On the Coyotes’ end, the Bruins’ lack of a 2020 first-round pick can’t be helping matters.

The agent for Oliver Ekman-Larsson has set a deadline for the Bruins or Canucks to acquire the star defenseman. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

The agent for Oliver Ekman-Larsson has set a deadline for the Bruins or Canucks to acquire the star defenseman. (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

Since the Bruins are nowhere near a deal with Torey Krug, who appears headed elsewhere as a free agent, Sweeney appears to be looking to make a major move to replace him on the back end. Tuukka Rask has also been bandied about in trade rumors, although he may not be on the block.

According to Matt Porter of the Boston Globe, a veteran NHL agent says the Bruins are “in on everything.”

MORE: Starting price for Oliver Ekman-Larsson seems doable

The 2020 NHL Draft begins at 7 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network. Though the Bruins don’t have a first-round pick, Sweeney has been involved in draft-day trades in the past, so it’s possible that he makes a move Tuesday night. We’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Listen to Ty Anderson and Matt Dolloff break down the Bruins’ trade rumors and draft picks on the newest episode of the Sports Hub Sidelines podcast:

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