Predators restricted free agent Ryan Ellis yet to be re-signed. Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Predlines Headlines: Still No News on Ryan Ellis

Good day, Nashville Predators fans.

We are just 55 days away from the drop of the puck in Tampa Bay for the Predators preseason opener against the Lightning (we’re almost to the “under-50-days” count, hang in there).

The Predators regular season ended 108 days ago, we’ve made it this far, I promise we can do it.

The Latest on the Ryan Ellis Situation: Absolutely Nothing

The major news surrounding Nashville for what seems like months now is the Ryan Ellis situation. We wrote about the situation here on Predlines one-week ago, but not a sliver of news has come out of the developing mystery since then. It seems like most fans are getting more antsy about the situation as the days go by without headline reading: “RFA Ryan Ellis Re-Signs With Preds” or “Ryan Ellis To Part Ways With Nashville.” It really doesn’t seem like anyone has an inside scoop on the situation.

There is still plenty of time for Nashville to re-sign the young defenseman, and I think it will happen sooner rather than later, but it just seems as if the situation is becoming more and more intriguing and puzzling as the days go by.

Let’s get right to it, here are your Predlines Headlines:

Pekka Rinne versus Carter Hutton; Ding Ding Ding!

The veteran, two-time Vezina Trophy nominee Pekka Rinne, versus the new guy Carter Hutton. Who had the better save last season? The fine people at On The Forecheck have started a tournament series where the fans vote for their winner in each creative battle.

So, whose save was better; Pekka Rinne‘s toe-save on Kris Kunitz in his first start from his hip surgery against the Pittsburgh Penguins, or Carter Hutton‘s incredible, insane, jump-out-of-your-chair-and-scream-robbery on the Philadelphia Flyers Michael Raffl?

Viktor Stalberg has plenty of pressure on himself to succeed this year, so how does he do it?

Yet another fine post at On The Forecheck; this one breaking down why Viktor Stalberg had a rough season last year and how he can have a bounce-back campaign this upcoming season. If you are an in-depth statistics guy, this is your kind of hockey post. Aside from the “fancy-stats” surrounding Stalberg’s poor performance last year, the answer is pretty simple on how Stalberg can improve his game from a year ago.

In order to produce the way the Predators want Stalberg to perform, he must see more time on the ice–at least second-line-type minutes; something he did not see a lot of last season. I think that changes with new head coach Peter Laviolette.

Harvard student-athlete and Predators prospect Jimmy Vesey has plenty of goals he seeks to accomplish in the near future.

My hat goes off to any student-athlete for the most part, but my goodness, a Harvard student-athlete deserves a medal or something. Vesey says “he really likes the mix”, when referring to his studies and his hockey. None of us, besides the few who do or did attend an Ivy League university, can attest to how hard and challenging school is for students at Harvard, let alone student-athletes.

Vesey seems to be enjoying the challenges of school and bringing Harvard hockey back to where it is supposed to be: the top. Our hats go off to you, young Mr. Vesey.



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