Traded to Chicago by Calgary with Marty McInnis and Erik Andersson for Jeff Shantz and Steve Dubinsky, October 27, 1998. Claimed by Calgary from Chicago in Waiver Draft, September 28, 2001. Traded to Columbus by Calgary for Blake Sloan, March 19, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Nashville, September 10, 2003. Claimed off waivers by Florida from Nashville, February 13, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, July 26, 2006.
What we expected is what we got. Very mature young individual that's focused. He is on the right track. He's not only a great hockey individual, but he's a good person off the ice. He seemed to take a leadership role with this group right off the hop and ran away with it, and was vocal, was respectful, was everything it takes to be a Panther. His future looks bright.
— Florida Panthers director of player development Brian Skrudland on defenseman Aaron Ekblad's performance at development camp