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Nashville Predators Sign Ryan Ellis to Eight-Year Contract Extension

The beard is here to stay!

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The signing we waited all summer for is finally complete. David Poile finally worked his GM magic and snagged Ellis for a $50 million eight-year deal, locking him in till the 2026-27 season. The 27-year-old defenseman will earn $6.25 million per season.

From the Nashville Predatorsrelease:

“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,” Poile said. “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.”

Seems like the beard is with Nashville for the long haul.