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Florida Panthers exploring trades for star defenceman Aaron Ekblad


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Sam Jones
June 28, 2024  (11:30)
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Fresh off their Stanley Cup triumph, the Florida Panthers are not resting on their laurels.

General Manager Bill Zito is already making moves to shape next year's team, with defenseman Aaron Eckblad reportedly on the trading block. As the Panthers navigate a tight cap space scenario, the buzz around Eckblad's future intensifies, signaling a potentially significant shift for the team and the league.
Eckblad, a cornerstone of the Panthers' defense since being drafted in 2014, finds himself in the final year of a contract worth $7.5 million annually. With only $19.5 million in cap space and fourteen players already signed, Zito faces the intricate puzzle of managing resources to retain talent and pursue new opportunities. Trading Eckblad could be a strategic move to free up substantial funds, potentially aiding in the re-signing of key unrestricted free agents such as Sam Reinhart, Brandon Montour, and Anton Lundell.
The market for a defenseman of Eckblad's caliber—right-handed, 6 feet 4 inches tall, and 215 pounds—is robust. His skill set makes him a highly coveted asset, especially with a newly modified no-trade clause that provides Zito with more flexibility. Teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Utah hockey team, Dallas Stars, and Chicago Blackhawks are reportedly keen on acquiring his services.
With the NHL draft looming on June 28th at 7:00 PM Eastern, speculation is rife that a deal involving Eckblad could materialize soon. This period marks a critical juncture for the Panthers and for teams looking to bolster their defenses with top-tier talent.
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