Mattias Ekholm will shelve extension talks throughout the season
TSN: According to Pierre LeBrun, Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm has actually informed the group that if an agreement extension isn’t in location by the start of the season, talks will stopped up until the season is completed.
“They have talked all off-season long about an extension and have not been able to get one done yet, but here is the wrinkle: I’m told that agent Kurt Overhardt and Ekholm have told general manager David Poile and the Predators that if he is not signed by the start of the season we want to shelve talks. We don’t want to negotiate during the year.”
“Is it a ploy? Is it a tactic? I don’t know, I’m not in the middle of those talks. But added pressure to get this deal done and they continue to talk before next week.”
Ekholm stated recently that he wishes to stay in Nashville beyond this season and wanted it was done currently.
“I’d rather have it done yesterday. That’s not how it really turned out. This is a new experience for me. I’m just trying to stay focused on what I can control. I know when the season comes around, I’m going to have to be 100 per cent focused on that, otherwise my game will suffer. I’m not really sure (of a timetable), but that’s where my head’s at.”
Filip Forsberg is not in a rush to sign an extension
Adam Vingan of The Athletic: Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg is enting the last year of agreement and remains in no rush to sign an extension. The 27-year old pending UFA.
“I have a full year. I feel like you have to play your contract out.”
Getting Forsberg to re-sign is extremely crucial for the franchise. One ‘talent evaluator’ put Gabriel Landeskog’s eight-year, $56 million offer as a similar. Evolving-Hockey tasks him over $9.5 million.
Does Forsberg wish to stay in Nashville long-lasting? He publically noted his annoyance when the group traded Viktor Arvidsson to the LA Kings for 2 draft choices.
The Predators likewise need to question the cash and if it’s smart to hand him a huge, long-lasting agreement.
If the Predators have some talks with his agents and they get feeling that they might not have the ability to re-sign him, they require to trade him prior to the NHL trade due date on March 21st.
“The only thing I can worry about is playing as good as I possibly can and help the team win,” Forsberg stated. “At the end of the day, that’s going to put me in the best spot for any negotiations.”