Predlines Headlines: Ryan Ellis News and Ice Buckets

Fourty-one days. Fourty-one days until the Nashville Predators will take the ice against the Lightning in Tampa Bay in the preseason opener. It’s getting closer, we’re going to make it, right?

Here are your Predlines Headlines to help you get thru one more day without Predators hockey:

In case you missed it, we ranked Paul Gaustad’s top three goals from a year ago.

Ryan Ellis and the Predators are ‘a ways away’.

Section 303 talked with General Manager David Poile and Poile made it no secret that the Predators and restricted free-agent Ryan Ellis are a ways away from agreeing on a new contract. Ryan Ellis could be asking for a big pay raise. Poile should stick to his guns and not overpay too much in my opinion, Ellis has had one good full NHL season so far in his career; last year. The Predators defense does take a hit without Ellis re-signing. I wouldn’t count out the idea of a trade involving Ellis soon.

The Preds get in on the ice-bucket challenge action.

Great fun and even a greater cause. I’m sure we’ve all seen videos of people taking part in this fun way to raise awareness for ALS, but here is a little action from Colin Wilson, Seth Jones, Coach Laviolette, and Assistant General Manager Paul Fenton. I think Coach Laviolette’s video is the best so far, but how long will it be until Rich Clune jumps in on the action?

What to expect from Mike Fisher next season.

Fisher will miss a lot of the season this year after undergoing achilles surgery in early July. Fisher is expected to miss at least four months. The Predatorial breaks down his game and their predictions on the 34-year-old center. The burning question is will this be Fisher’s last season in Nashville or maybe even the last season he plays in the NHL? I know, it stinks having to retire and spend all day with Carrie Underwood.

What is the biggest question surrounding the Predators for next season?

Bleacher Report says “New Coach, New System”. Bold prediction there, Bleacher Report; but yes the new system is obviously going to be a culture shock for Nashville and some of the players. Let’s just get to October already and see what the boys in gold look like with a new man behind the bench.