Mattias Ekholm isn’t about to complain after signing a four-year extension which will pay him an average of $6.25 million a season right up to 36.
But what he didn’t get in his new extension is what almost no Predators player ever gets: A no-trade or no-move clause.
That’s just not the Predators’ way. In fact, only Roman Josi has such a clause in his deal.
The Preds have never believed in them. Retired netminder Pekka Rinne used to be one of the few players with a no-move in the past.
It’s about flexibility for veteran GM David Poile, although as he says, it’s not really been his call.
“It’s always been a situation where ownership has never wanted or allow us to do (no-moves),” Poile said Thursday. “That’s their prerogative. … It’s largely been out of my hands.’’
So when veteran agent Kurt Overhardt ground out a well-paying extension for his client, Ekholm, over the past week or so, one thing he knew is that he wasn’t getting a no-trade.
Overhardt didn’t want to address the Predators situation specifically but rather the fact that NHL player agents understand there are clubs who operate in different ways.