The Nashville Predators and defenseman Ryan Ellis have agreed to an eight-year, $50-million contract extension.
Ellis was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the upcoming season, but the extension will now keep him under contract through the 2026-27 campaign. He will earn $6.25 million annually starting in 2019-20 and has one year remaining on the five-year, $12.5 million contract he signed on Oct. 5, 2014.
“Ryan is a huge part of our team on and off the ice and we are happy to have his leadership remain in our locker room for the foreseeable future,” general manager David Poile said in a release. “We have talked about wanting to keep the core of our team together, and this is another opportunity to help us do so while continuing to compete for a Stanley Cup. Ryan is entering his prime and is one of the reasons why we feel this team has a chance to win every time we step on the ice.”
Ellis has spent his entire NHL career with the Predators. He has 55 goals and 118 assists in 396 career regular-season games.