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Insider Hints Predators Mattias Ekholm Getting Trade Interest

The Nashville Predators could be open to trading away defenseman Mattias Ekholm and there would be a number of interested teams.

Pierre LeBrun believes the Nashville Predators are on the brink of becoming sellers this season. The team hasn’t outright said they’ll be moving pieces, but the NHL insider notes that a number of teams believe the exits are coming and there’s an intriguing name competing franchises hope becomes available.

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LeBrun suggests there’s a chance that the Predators at least listen on top-four defenseman Mattias Ekholm. Eklhom has been a longstanding member of the Predators organization and he’s got a year and change left on his current deal at a bargain price of $3.75 million U.S. He lacks trade protection and teams would certainly be interested if he became available.

LeBrun adds that this could be more about seeing what’s out there in the market for Ekholm and if they don’t like what they hear, they’ll simply keep the veteran defenseman.

LeBrun said, “Think of the Jake Muzzin deal of a couple of years ago where he had a year and a half left on his deal. The Alec Martinez deal last year, he had a year left, top four d that has a couple playoff runs in him could be appealing to a contender.

For now, the Predators defenseman is week to week with an undisclosed injury, coach John Hynes told 102.5 The Game in Nashville.

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This comes after word that Mikael Granlund might be a target for the Toronto Maple Leafs as they try and add to their top-six forward group. He’s on an expiring contract and he wound up re-signing with the Predators after his bid to land a bigger deal with another team fell through this past offseason.

It should be an interesting few weeks for the Predators, especially if they continue to struggle.

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