Signed as a free agent by Washington, May 26, 2009. Traded to Florida by Washington with Washington's 3rd round choice (Jonathan Racine) in 2011 Entry Draft for Dennis Wideman, February 28, 2011. Traded to Dallas by Florida with Florida's 5th round choice (Henri Kiviaho) in 2012 Entry Draft for Krys Barch and Dallas' 6th round choice (later traded to Nashville Nahville selected Simon Fernholm) in 2012 Entry Draft, December 7, 2011.
He is, in my opinion, one of the best defensemen in the NHL and continuing to grow. I think his game, from an offensive standpoint, he continues to drive our offense... I think there's still tremendous upside for Oliver.
— Coyotes GM Don Maloney on defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson