With the Predators and Ryan Ellis, it simply comes down to money.
The 23-year-old defenseman is the lone remaining restricted free agent from last year's roster who has not come to contract terms. He is coming off a three-year, $4.5 million entry-level deal.
General manager David Poile sounded hopeful a resolution could be reached soon. Veterans are scheduled to report for...
The Tennessean's Josh Cooper updated two important items on the Nashville front today, and the first comes via a tip from NHL.com: According to Cooper, Predators forward Mike Fisher's not exactly going to return in a hurry from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles' tendon:
There is no change in the timeline for forward Mike Fisher's recovery from a ruptured...
Like a few teams around the NHL, the Nashville Predators are having a hard time getting one of their promising restricted free agents under contract. Defenseman Ryan Ellis is still in need of a new deal after finishing out the last year of his entry-level contract last season. According to Preds GM David Poile, an agreement on a new contract is not close.
Poile spoke with Predators...
Position: Defenseman (Right-handed)
Age at the start of the season: 23 (Birthday: January 3rd, 1991)
2013-2014 Statistics: 80 games played – 6 goals, 21 assists, +9, 24 PIM
2013-2014 Possession Statistic Highlights:
Was Nashville’s highest rated Corsi defenseman (50.3%) in the 2013-2014 season.
In 5-on-5 situations when the score was tied and when the Predators were leading...
We spoke with Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile earlier today and, among other things, he offered an update on the negotiations between the team and restricted free agent defenseman Ryan Ellis.
“We’re having on-going discussions,” he said. “We’re a ways apart. Obviously, if we weren’t we would have a deal done.”
The former Windsor Spitfire captain had...
They’ve had their number as of late. Coming into the night, the Nashville Predators were 3-1-0 against the Chicago Blackhawks this season.
After Saturday, you can make that 4-1-0.
In front of 17,355 at Bridgestone Arena, the Preds and Hawks engaged in a wild one but, in the end, it was the home team winning by the score of 7-5. Seven different Predators scored as they improved...
The Predators denied the Blackhawks of two winnable points by standing them up in their own building on Friday night. Nashville, who has been on the road since Saturday, is now on a three game winning streak, but lasts nights victory has definitely been the most impressive of their journey. They put on a very well rounded game - with goals from three different skaters - and successfully...
The Nashville Predators needed this one. And two young defensemen gave it to them.
In front of 19,063 at Canadian Tire Centre, the Preds beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 in overtime. Pekka Rinne made 34 saves en route to his first victory since October 19. Nashville is now 24-2-5 when they score three or more goals this season.
After a scoreless opening frame, the Preds mounted a three...
The Nashville Predators fell to the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena, but not before nearly charging back from a four-goal deficit.
In Devan Dubnyk’s debut in net for the Predators, Nashville went down 3-0 very early in the first period and for most of the game never threatened.
With twelve minutes left in the game, Colorado held a 5-1 lead over the...
Ryan Ellis has been playing very well for the Predators lately and is arguably playing the best hockey of his career. Here's our story on how that's happened so far this season...
On the back of a two-point game from defenseman Ryan Ellis, the Nashville Predators downed the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Tuesday night at Bridgestone Arena.
In the opening minute of the third period, Ellis broke a 1-1 stalemate with a rocket from the point that beat Flames netminder Karri Ramo to give Nashville the lead.
“Our forwards did a good job driving the net, which as a defenseman...
Undeterred by his scoring drought, Ryan Ellis just kept shooting and it paid off Tuesday night.
Ellis ended a 42-game scoring drought by notching the first of Nashville's three third-period goals and added an assist to lead the Predators to a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.
Shea Weber scored in the first period, Craig Smith and Viktor Stalberg followed...
Via AP on Fox
January 15, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Ryan Ellis ended a 42-game scoring drought by notching the first of Nashville's three third-period goals and added an assist to lead the Predators to a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.
Shea Weber scored in the first period, Craig Smith and Viktor Stalberg followed Ellis with goals in the third, and David Legwand had three assists to help...
The Associated Press Ryan Ellis ended a 42-game scoring drought by notching the first of Nashville's three third-period goals and added an assist to lead the Predators to a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.
Shea Weber scored in the first period, Craig Smith and Viktor Stalberg followed Ellis with goals in the third, and David Legwand had three assists to...
Via AP on Fox
January 14, 2014
In the overtime session, Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis delivers a textbook check on Ottawa Senators forward Kyle Turris.
Kids? This is how it’s done. Enjoy.
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PHOTO CREDIT: Sarah Fuqua (used with permission)
The Nashville Predators held their second annual Preds and Pins event at Hillwood Strike & Spare on Monday night. Defensemen Ryan Ellis, Seth Jones and Mattias Ekholm were there, forward Filip Forsberg and goaltender Pekka Rinne were in attendance and even a handful of celebrities partook in the festivities.
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Ever since the Columbus Blue Jackets came into existence, they have been Central Division rivals with the Nashville Predators. Tonight marked the first time the two teams have squared off as anything but.
In front of 11,893 at Nationwide Arena, the Predators beat the Blue Jackets in their first inter-conference match up, 4-0.
Nashville is now 51-17-7 all-time against Columbus.
(Photo by Danny Murphy/Icon SMI)
When Ryan Ellis was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Nashville Predators fans were in outrage. The team was coming off their first season not in the playoffs since 2003. The Preds also had spent a 2nd straight season without bonafide offensive talent in the wings - a growing concern at the time.
The expectation was...
The goals came back and so did the Predators.
Nashville rallied from a one-goal deficit as Ryan Ellis scored early in the third period for a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday nigh tin front of 17113 at Bridgestone Arena.
Ellis beat Evgeni Nabokov low to the pad side on a slap shot for his first goal of the season giving Nashville a 3-2 lead early in the third period...
Barry Trotz Postgame Press Conference
Tonight’s Three Stars (voted by the Nashville media):
1) Seth Jones
2) Ryan Ellis
3) Patric Hornqvist
Tonight’s Three Stars (how The Predatorial voted):
1) Ryan Ellis
2) Seth Jones
3) Kyle Okposo
1) Ryan Ellis
2) Seth Jones
3) Patric Hornqvist
The post Nashville Predators 3 –...
At 22, it would be beyond unfair to refer to Ryan Ellis as a “bust”.
However, his career has not yet had the rapid trajectory that many anticipated. Drafted in the first round, eleventh overall in the 2009 NHL Draft, Ellis came into the organization with high expectations.
Those expectations only grew when Ellis’ performance in juniors went from solid to extraordinary. When...
The Nashville Predators are Ground Zero for defensemen development this season. Not only is new assistant coach Phil Housley trying to take Ryan Ellis to take that final step to become an impact defenseman, he will grooming elite prospects Mattias Ekholm and Seth Jones as well.Ekholm was outstanding for Milwaukee of the American Hockey League, scoring 10 goals, adding 22 assists...
It is that time of the offseason when meaningful transactions are dead and fans are just waiting for hockey to return in full force this October. The Nashville Predators will hit the ice to start their eighty-two game season on the road in St. Louis October 3. There will be a lot happening during this 2013-14 campaign and here are six predictions for the Predators this year.
The Nashville Predators are no strangers to tough decisions. It’s been a long time — if ever — since they’ve been in this position though.
Restricted free agent Nick Spaling signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million yesterday in order to avoid arbitration. As a result, Nashville has 15 forwards and seven defensemen who warrant an opening night roster spot. Considering they...
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In 2009, the Nashville Predators selected defenseman Ryan Ellis 11th overall. Playing in the Ontario Hockey League for the Windsor Spitfires, Ellis turned heads winning every conceivable award possible for a defenseman in ‘the O’.
In his final season with the Spitfires, Ellis showed out posting 101 points (24g, 77a) in 58 regular...