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Predators sign Mattias Ekholm to six-year contract @NHLdotcom

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that restricted free agent defenseman Mattias Ekholm has signed a six-year, $22.5 million contract that carries an average annual value of $3.75 million.

Ekholm, 25, has a goal and two assists in seven games in 2015-16, giving him 30 points and 66 penalty minutes in 152 career games since the 2011-12 season. In his second full NHL campaign in 2014-15, the Borlange, Sweden, native doubled his rookie point total, improved plus/minus rating by 20 points (plus-12 from minus-8) and increased his average ice time by more than two minutes (19:00 from 16:49). The 6-4, 215-pound blueliner also made his postseason debut last spring, suiting up for all six of Nashville's Stanley Cup Playoff contests, tying for the team lead in plus/minus rating (plus-4) and averaging 26:24 of ice time.

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