Mattias Ekholm | Nashville Predators
According to Pierre LeBrun, the Preds will listen to offers for top-four defenseman Mattias Ekholm. LeBrun indicates that they’re hoping for a “Jake Muzzin type return”.
To get Muzzin from the Kings, the Leafs gave up a 2019 1st, Carl Grundstrom, and Sean Durzi. That’s a heavy price for Ekholm who will turn 31 later this year.
To put that in Islanders terms today, that would be their 2021 1st, a 2021 second-round pick, and one of Salo, Bolduc, or Wilde.
Interest level: 0/5
There’s no question that Ekholm is a top defender. The 30-year-old Swede finished tenth in Norris voting a few years ago after a 44 point season with Nashville. He’s clearly no longer the defenseman that Barry Trotz called “horrible, just horrible”, but he’s not what the Islanders need at the moment.
The Islanders defense is one of the best in the league. What they need is more offense.
Possibility of a trade: 0/5
That’s why the possibility of this trade is a flat zero.
If the New York Islanders are going to trade away one of their prized defensive prospects (Salo, Bolduc, Wilde) you’d expect it to be for some help up front and not for a veteran defenseman.