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Rumor: Eastern team to go “all in” for Ekman-Larsson

Move over, Toronto, there's competition.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have been the most talked about team in the rumor mill as far as Arizona Coyotes' star defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is concerned.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post believes that the New York Islanders could step in and make a big charge for the coveted defenseman.

While John Chayka has refuted trade speculation regarding OEL, he is very much aware of the fact that there's only one year left on his deal, and he could lose him for nothing in free agency.

Brooks believes that with the Islanders icing a very competitive team this season - top 10 in the NHL through the quarter mark of the season - this may be the season to go all in, especially with speculation rampant that John Tavares may leave after this year.

Brooks believes that a package of “either Josh Ho-Sang or Anthony Beauvillier, perhaps Brock Nelson, maybe Ryan Pulock or Scott Mayfield, and probably one of the two first-rounders (their own plus Calgary’s) they own in the 2018 draft” would be good enough to pry OEL out of Arizona.

What do you think - is Brooks off his rockers, yet again? Or could this be a fair deal?