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Predators’ Ryan Ellis To Return January 2nd

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The Nashville Predators will be getting a familiar face back in the lineup during the New Year.

Nashville defenseman Ryan Ellis will make his season debut after off-season knee surgery as he is on track to debut against the Vegas Golden Knights on January 2nd.

“The doctor says it’s about confidence now, he’s fully healed. I’m expecting Ryan Ellis will skate the last week of the year and be looking at the first game of 2018 as a time to be back,” General manager David Poile told 104.5 The Zone in Nashville on Thursday, per Thomas Willis of the team’s website.

Ellis scored 16 goals and added 22 assists over 71 games with Nashville in 2016-17.

 

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Predators Extend Roman Josi

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The Nashville Predators and captain Roman Josi have agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension with an average annual value of $9.059 million, making him the highest paid defenseman in the league, according to an official team statement.

“Roman Josi is one of the top defensemen in the National Hockey League and our team leader as captain” Predators general manager David Poile said in a statement.

“As he enters his prime, we look forward to Roman continuing to showcase his elite skills in Smashville and guiding our team in pursuit of the ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup.”

With the new deal, Poile was granted a full no-trade clause, and he will be under contract with the team through the 2027-2028 season.

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Predators’ Pekka Rinne Activated From Injured Reserve

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The Nashville Predators have activated veteran franchise goaltender Pekka Rinne, has been out for around 10 days following a collision with teammate Kevin Fiala, from the injured reserve list, the team officially announced on Wednesday.

In a corresponding move, Nashville assigned Troy Grosenich to the minors.

Rinne, 35, and the team continue to negotiate a contract extension but there isn’t anything imminent regarding those talks, according to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun.

 

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Predators Acquire Nick Baptiste from Sabres for Jack Dougherty

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The Nashville Predators have acquired forward Nick Baptiste from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Jack Doughtery in a trade that was announced by both teams on Monday.

Baptiste appeared in 33 games for the Sabres last season, scoring 4 goals and notching 2 assists. Baptiste was Buffalo’s 2013 third-round draft pick.

Dougherty has played the past 2 seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals, Nashville’s AHL affiliate team, where he registered 1 goal and picked up 11 assists over 63 games with the team last season.

 

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