SUNRISE, FL - OCTOBER 27: Sami Salo #6 of the Tampa Bay Lightning digs the puck out from the boards against Tomas Kopecky #82 of the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on October 27, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images)
He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.
— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers