Trade grades: Coyotes win a salary-cap shell game in trade with Canucks

Hours after the Philadelphia Flyers sent a first-round pick (and more) to the Buffalo Sabres for defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen, the Vancouver Canucks acquired a new blueliner of their own in Arizona Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Also heading to Vancouver is forward Conor Garland, while the Coyotes receive the Canucks’ 2021 first-round pick (No. 9 overall), a 2022 second-round pick, a 2023 seventh-round pick, along with forwards Loui Eriksson, Jay Beagle and Antoine Roussel.

The trade was as notable for the players and picks involved as for the salary-cap implications for both teams. Who comes out ahead? Let’s grade both GMs:

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