The Nashville Predators have managed to avoid arbitration with young defenseman Mattias Ekholm.
The team has come to terms on a two-year, $2.075 million contract with the 24-year old blue liner.
In 62 games with the Predators last season, Ekholm scored once and added eight assists in his rookie season. Ekholm was a fourth round pick — 102nd overall — by the Predators back in 2009. The Swedish-born blue liner did play one game with the Predators during the 2012-13 season, but spent most of his time with Milwaukee of the AHL.
With the signing of Ekholm, defenseman Ryan Ellis remains as the only restricted free agent unsigned by Nashville who spent time with the team during the 2013-14 season.
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Mike’s Musings: Any time a team and player can agree on a contract before meeting with an arbitrator it can only be viewed as good news. Arbitration can sometimes cause more harm than good when it comes to contract negotiations, that can lead to a separation of player and team. The Predators get another good young defenseman under contract, and are quickly building up one of the best young defensive units in the entire NHL.