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 blog Section303.com to provide an update on the status of the negotiations: “We're having on-going discussions,” he said. “We're a ways apart. Obviously, if we weren't we would have a deal done.” “We're really excited about his future, how he played the last half of the season and the possibilities of his type of game under Coach [Peter] Laviolette,” Poile said. “It's just the type of negotiation where we just haven't gotten together. But there's quite a few younger players that are still unsigned on a lot of clubs right now.” Poile also said the club would like to have a new contract done by the start of training camp. Ellis was the 11th overall selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He torched the junior ranks as a gifted offensive-minded defenseman with the Windsor Spitfires, but has taken a bit more time to find his way in the NHL. He put up 27 points in 80 games while logging an average of 16:04 per game, essentially third-pairing minutes, last season. Ellis did see substantial power play time and that's likely where he'll be often again for the Predators.
Predators, Ryan Ellis still 'a ways apart' on new contract
CBS Sports | Aug 12