Traded to Hartford by NY Islanders for Hartford's 5th round choice (Bob Caulfield) in 1983 Entry Draft, October 2, 1981. Traded to New Jersey by Hartford with Rick Meagher for Merlin Malinowski and the rights to Scott Fusco, October 15, 1982.
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