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Canucks make Ekman-Larsson a healthy scratch vs. Lightning

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Vancouver Canucks defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson was a healthy scratch Thursday for the 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay Lightning.

The 31-year-old is the third-highest paid player on the team this season with a $7.26-million cap hit and is signed through 2026-27, per CapFriendly.

Vancouver dressed the following blue line instead:

Quinn Hughes Luke Schenn
Travis Dermott Tyler Myers
Riley Stillman Ethan Bear

Ekman-Larsson has recorded a goal and 18 assists in 40 games this campaign with a minus-14 rating - second worst on the team. Despite being an asset on the penalty kill, his underlying numbers have been poor this season.

The Canucks acquired Ekman-Larsson from the Arizona Coyotes during the 2021 offseason in a trade that also netted Vancouver winger Conor Garland in exchange for a first-round pick, a second-round pick, a seventh-rounder, Jay Beagle, Loui Eriksson, and Antoine Roussel. Arizona also retained 12% of Ekman-Larsson's $8.25-million cap hit.

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