NASHVILLE, Tenn.: The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Mattias Ekholm to a four-year, $25 million extension maintaining him underneath contract in the course of the 2025-26 season.
The Predators introduced the contract Wednesday at a information convention.
Basic supervisor David Poile known as Ekholm a foundational piece for the Predators and that they couldn’t be happier to get this deal achieved sooner than the season opener Thursday evening towards Seattle. Poile stated Ekholm brings dimension at 6-foot-4, 215 kilos to the blue line along side being a mentor.
We have now a bunch of younger, right-shot defensemen that incorporates Alexandre Service, Philippe Myers, Dante Fabbro and Matt Benning who all be able to be told from and play with Mattias at the aspect reverse him, and had been occupied with the steadiness that may supply us at the blue line, Poile stated.
Ekholms deal begins with the 2022-23 season and has an annual reasonable worth of $6.25 million for Ekholm, 31, who has performed all 8 NHL seasons in Nashville.
Nashville is house for us, stated Ekholm, a local of Borlnge, Sweden. Its the place we wish to be. I imagine someday of this group and Im having a look ahead to the danger at competing for the Stanley Cup right here within the subsequent 5 seasons.
He used to be the 102nd select general within the fourth spherical of the 2009 draft and made his NHL debut all the way through the 2011-12 season. Ekholm has no less than 20 issues six directly seasons, and his 23 issues ultimate season used to be 2nd amongst Nashville defensemen.
Ekholm has two game-winning targets and had the primary multi-goal recreation of his profession in February. He completed tenth in Norris Trophy vote casting for the 2018-19 season. Ekholm stated staying in Nashville with the Predators used to be a concern for him.
He has performed in 71 playoff video games, tied for 3rd maximum amongst skaters in franchise historical past. His plus-14 score within the postseason is best possible in Nashville historical past. Ekholm helped Sweden win the 2018 global championship.
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