ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blueswarms up prior to an NHL game against the Chicago Blackhawks on October 09, 2013 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)
Unless he really collapses, I don't see him going anywhere. I've been very impressed with his composure and maturity. Once the regular season started, he was a different guy; it was like game on and almost as if he's been around for a long time.
— Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon on rookie defenseman Aaron Ekblad