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Ellis signs eight-year extension with Predators

Defenseman to get $50 million, could have been UFA after this season

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Ryan Ellis signed an eight-year, $50 million contract extension with the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.

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Tavares, Maple Leafs should embrace pressure, say Toronto alums

'When you're on a good team it's good to have high expectations,' Sittler says

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

HALTON HILLS, Ontario -- John Tavares joining Auston Matthews has exponentially raised the expectations facing the Toronto Maple Leafs this season.

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Predators Sign Defenseman Ryan Ellis to Eight-Year Contract

27-Year-Old Has Sixth-Most Points by Blueliner in Franchise History

by Press Release @PredsNHL / Nashville Predators

Nashville, Tenn. (August 14, 2018) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the team has signed defenseman Ryan Ellis to an eight-year, $50 million contract that will see him remain in Nashville through the 2026-27 season. Ellis will earn $6.25 million per season beginning in 2019-20. He has one year remaining on the five-year, $12.5 million contract he signed on Oct. 5, 2014.

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Short Shifts

Engelland becomes NASCAR driver for a day, Busch tries hockey

Golden Knights defenseman swaps sports with former stock car champion

by Danny Webster @DannyWebster21 / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Deryk Engelland and Kyle Busch each got to see how the other half lives on Monday.

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Barzal, Islanders have bright future, Trottier says

Hockey Hall of Famer calls center 'great talent,' can fill void left by Tavares

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

HALTON HILLS, Ontario -- Mathew Barzal and the New York Islanders have a bright future despite the departure of John Tavares, Hockey Hall of Fame center Bryan Trottier said Monday. 

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Hamilton Named One of NHL's Top Defensemen

NHL Network ranks Hamilton 18th on top 20 list

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

The Carolina Hurricanes have one of the National Hockey League's best defensive corps, a group that now includes one of the league's top 20 defensemen, according to NHL Network.

Dougie Hamilton ranks 18th on NHL Network's list of Top 20 NHL Defensemen Right Now, as revealed in a Sunday night television special.

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Predators Only Team With Three Defensemen in NHLN's Top 20 List

P.K. Subban Ranks Fifth, Roman Josi Seventh and Ryan Ellis Rounds Out Top 20 Blueliners Today

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

NHL Network revealed its list of the Top 20 defenseman in the NHL on Sunday evening, with the Nashville Predators being the only team to boast three blueliners in the rankings. 

The segment, featuring analysis from three-time Stanley Cup Champion and NHLN analyst Ken Daneyko, couldn't get enough of the riches of talent Nashville has assembled in a single defensive corps. P.K. Subban, a 2017-18 Norris Trophy Finalist, received the highest spot on the list, coming in at No. 5 overall. 

Video: P.K. Subban lands at No. 5 on the list

"We know he has the offensive flare, the heavy shot and can beat players 1-on-1, but I think he's improved his defensive game tremendously since joining Nashville," Daneyko said. "Sometimes learning the defensive game takes years to really understand... and he now uses his stick much better in his defensive positioning."

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By the Numbers: Anthony Mantha

Rugged right wing emerges as a legitimate goal-scoring threat

by Arthur J. Regner @ArthurJRegner / DetroitRedWings.com

By the Numbers will highlight the Red Wings' on-ice accomplishments in the 2017-18 season. Each week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on forward Anthony Mantha.

There was a time when scoring goals came so easily to Anthony Mantha that he began to take it for granted.

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Predators to Appear 12 Times on NBC Networks, National TV

Five Home Games, Seven Road Games on NBC Networks; Feb. 10 vs. Blues on NBC

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / NashvillePredators.com

After seeing a record nine games on national television last season, the Predators have obliterated the number once more and are set to appear on the networks of NBC for 12 games in 2018-19. 

Nashville will play one game on NBC and 11 more on NBCSN, the maximum combined number of exclusive games allowed for one team across this single season.

The appearances begin right away on Oct. 4 as the Predators visit the New York Rangers on NBCSN in the first game of the season for both clubs. Nashville then appears two more times before the month of October concludes, hosting San Jose on the 23rd and Vegas one day before Halloween.

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31 in 31

Florida Panthers key statistics

Forward group has scoring depth; Ekblad, Yandle handling more defensive responsibilities

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Florida Panthers.

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