Mattias Ekholm will shelve extension talks in the course of the season
TSN: In line with Pierre LeBrun, Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm has informed the crew that if a contract extension isn’t in place by the beginning of the season, talks will halted till the season is completed.
“They’ve talked all low season lengthy about an extension and haven’t been capable of get one performed but, however right here is the wrinkle: I’m informed that agent Kurt Overhardt and Ekholm have informed common supervisor David Poile and the Predators that if he isn’t signed by the beginning of the season we need to shelve talks. We don’t need to negotiate in the course of the yr.”
“Is it a ploy? Is it a tactic? I don’t know, I’m not in the midst of these talks. However added strain to get this deal performed and so they proceed to speak earlier than subsequent week.”
Ekholm mentioned final week that he desires to stay in Nashville past this season and wished it was performed already.
“I’d slightly have it performed yesterday. That’s not the way it actually turned out. This can be a new expertise for me. I’m simply attempting to remain targeted on what I can management. I do know when the season comes round, I’m going to must be 100 per cent targeted on that, in any other case my recreation will undergo. I’m not likely positive (of a timetable), however that’s the place my head’s at.”
Filip Forsberg is just not in a rush to signal an extension
“I’ve a full yr. I really feel like it’s a must to play your contract out.”
Getting Forsberg to re-sign is essential for the franchise. One ‘expertise evaluator’ put Gabriel Landeskog’s eight-year, $56 million deal as a comparable. Evolving-Hockey initiatives him over $9.5 million.
Does Forsberg need to stay in Nashville long-term? He publically famous his displeasure when the crew traded Viktor Arvidsson to the LA Kings for 2 draft picks.
The Predators additionally must surprise in regards to the cash and if it’s smart handy him a giant, long-term contract.
If the Predators have some talks along with his representatives and so they get feeling that they might not have the ability to re-sign him, they should commerce him earlier than the NHL commerce deadline on March twenty first.
“The one factor I can fear about is enjoying nearly as good as I presumably can and assist the crew win,” Forsberg mentioned. “On the finish of the day, that’s going to place me in the most effective spot for any negotiations.”