Nashville Predators: Ripple Effect to the Ryan Ellis Trade

Ryan Ellis #4 and Fillip Forsberg #9 (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Ryan Ellis #4 and Fillip Forsberg #9 (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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Keeping the players happy

There’s a lot of talk swirling around about the culture of the team after trading to key player like Ellis and Arvidsson. It’s understandable that the core players like Filip Forsberg might be upset, but it’s a business ultimately and this core hasn’t produced encouraging results for four seasons.

Forsberg is a player that deserves a contract extensions and needs to be on the top of the pile on things to do on David Poile’s desk right now. Poile says they’re working on it, per Brooks Bratten:

I’m seeing a lot of chatter about current players being unhappy with this trade and not being willing to re-sign, with Forsberg at the forefront of that thinking. Let me just say that is ridiculous.

If Forsberg chooses to not re-sign for a contract extension due to trading Arvidsson and Ellis, then he wasn’t the franchise player I’ve always thought him to be. I don’t think that’s the case, and Poile needs to get a contract worked out with him quickly once the dust settles. I get it, he’s a busy man.

Mattias Ekholm is another player that should be in firm line to get a contract extension with Ellis traded away. We already thought it should happen, but this kind of confirms it.