It is no secret that the Bruins have a need to add a top-four defenseman heading into next season. At the deadline, the Bruins were linked to Nashville Predators blueliner Mattias Ekholm and it is an addition that would fit Boston’s time frame for a championship window.
Ekholm has one year remaining on a six-year, $22.5 million contract that carries a team-friendly $3.75 cap hit for this upcoming season. The 102nd pick in the 2009 Entry Draft is what the Bruins are looking for, a top-four blueliner that can play over 20 minutes a night and is a left-handed shot.
At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, Ekholm played in 48 games this season for the Predators with six goals and 17 assists. He averaged 22:52 a night with 46 blocked shots. In Nashville’s first-round playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes, Ekholm upped his ice time by nearly four minutes to 26:27 a night in six games with three assists.
How much longer does the Bruins championship window have left? One year, two years, or more? That remains to be seen, but there if they are going all-in for a title run next spring, then Ekholm could be the defensemen they need on a very good contract.
What would the price be to acquire Ekholm? I know his name is mentioned a lot, but Jake DeBrusk? Some prospects? A draft pick or two? Maybe Nashville’s asking price won’t be what the Bruins like, but at least calling down to the Preds and asking about acquiring a guy that could be a good fit in Boston next season is worth a shot.