Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, March 2, 1987. Claimed by Tampa Bay from NY Islanders in NHL Waiver Draft, September 28, 1997. Traded to Montreal by Tampa Bay with Patrick Poulin and Igor Ulanov for Stephane Richer, Darcy Tucker and David Wilkie, January 15, 1998.
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