Last season NHL Rumors were floating around that the Nashville Predators were looking at moving Mattias Ekholm at the NHL trade deadline but the Preds got hot and changed their plans toward a playoff push.
There were some offseason rumblings that Nashville could trade Ekholm at the NHL draft but nothing materialized. Right now it appears the Predators are trying to re-sign him.
Pierre LeBrun was on TSN’s Insider Trading and reports Nashville and Ekholm have talked all off-season long about an extension and have not been able to get one done yet but here is the wrinkle: I’m told that agent Kurt Overhardt and Ekholm have told general manager David Poile and the Predators that if he is not signed by the start of the season we want to shelve talks.
If no contract is ironed out in the next 5 days it is possible the Predators will look to trade him at the 2022 NHL trade deadline and not risk losing him for nothing next season when he becomes an UFA.
Mattias Ekholm career stats
|2006-07||Mora IK Jr.||Swe-Jr||36||0||4||4||28||6|
|2007-08||Mora IK Jr.||Swe-Jr||37||5||7||12||54||-5|
|2008-09||Mora IK Jr.||Swe-Jr||21||3||5||8||32||3|
|2010-11||Brynas IF Gavle||SEL||55||10||23||33||38||10|
|2011-12||Brynas IF Gavle||SEL||41||9||8||17||55||1|