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Tuesday’s Coyotes Tracks – OEL Extension Nearing

Reports state that Oliver Ekman-Larsson will re-sign soon, Samuel Girard is okay after a car crash, and looking at Alex Ovechkin’s detractors.

Coyotes News

2018 NHL Draft prediction tracker: Players to watch at No. 5 for Coyotes – Arizona Sports
If we know one thing about the NHL Draft this year, it’s that there’s a lot of difference in opinion over what order to rank the top 10-or-so prospects.

Coyotes, Ekman-Larsson nearing agreement on eight-year extension – Arizona Sports
The Coyotes are nearing an agreement with defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson on an eight-year contract extension, multiple sources told ArizonaSports.com on Monday. The contract extension would kick in for the 2019-20 season.

Arizona Coyotes news: Oliver Ekman-Larsson contract extension talks – AZCentral
Ekman-Larsson is entering the final season of a six-year, $33 million deal but could sign another contract with the Coyotes soon.

The East

Signing Jack Johnson would be a potential disaster for the Canadiens – Eyes On The Prize
Rumoured to be a potential target for Montreal, the Blue Jackets defender isn’t going to solve any of the Habs’ issues.

Carolina Hurricanes name Jeff Daniels assistant coach – Canes Country
He won a Stanley Cup as an assistant coach on a team captained by Rod Brind’Amour, and now he joins his former teammate for his second stint behind the Canes’ bench.

The West

Golden Knights re-sign Stefan Matteau to one-year, two-way deal – Knights On Ice
Matteau recorded one assist in eight games with the Knights this season.

Kovalchuk would be fantastic fit for Kings, Sharks – ProHockeyTalk
Kovalchuk reportedly took a tour of California recently.

Report: Colorado Avalanche Defenseman Samuel Girard uninjured in car accident over the weekend – Mile High Hockey
The Avalanche defender is ok after leaving the road and crashing his Camaro

Flames Sign Yasin Ehliz and Marcus Hogstrom – Matchsticks and Gasoline
The Flames signed a pair of Europeans

Final Howl

A rebuttal to the detractors who continue to discredit Ovechkin, Capitals | NBC Sports Washington
The lack of a Stanley Cup was the only “blemish” on Alex Ovechkin’s remarkable career. Now he has one and yet his legacy continues to be called into question.

Read the full story at Five for Howling.