The Boston Bruins and general manager Don Sweeney have made it pretty clear that they're looking to add something at the trade deadline.
While the team needs some help on the top six like they do just about every year, this year more than before they need some help on the blueline.
Sweeney let veterans Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara walk to free agency and replaced them with in house youngsters.
At times it's worked, but with injuries at times it hasn't looked as good.
One name that's been attached to the Bruins is Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm.
The Preds have fought back a little bit for a playoff spot but they're still on the fence when it comes to making it.
If the Preds were to move Ekholm, NHL insider Pierre LeBrun reveals what it would take for the B's to land him thanks to an anonymous executive.
According to said executive, the Bruins could land Ekholm by sending Jack Studnicka and a first-round pick with Nashville retaining 25 percent of Ekholm’s salary.
"Boston lost Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug, those were significant factors for their team. Some of their younger D have played well, but that’s a significant hole.
It’s going to take a first and a prospect to get Ekholm. I like Jack Studnicka and I also like Jack Ahcan — he’s probably their top young defensive prospect. They probably need Nashville to retain, but everybody needs everybody to retain. How many teams are within a million dollars of the salary cap? It’s 18 of 31 teams."
Ekholm could step right up onto the top pairing with Charlie McAvoy and likely look pretty good together.
Would you be willing to give this up for Ekholm?