Mar 19, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen (36) checks Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis (4) during the first period at Rogers Arena. The Vancouver Canucks won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Nashville Predators, Ryan Ellis still apart in contract talks

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The Nashville Predators have one restricted free agent left on their game day roster from last season, and all that stands in their way of signing him is a little more money.  GM David Poile confirmed as much with The Tennessean when detailing the team’s fall plans.

“Like 99 percent of negotiations that aren’t done at this time we just don’t agree exactly on what the dollars should be,” Poile said. “Hopefully it will be done by training camp. That’s what our target is.”

At 23 years old, Ryan Ellis possesses tremendous offensive upside. He tallied a career-high 27 points in 80 games played last season on a tight Predators squad. Now under new coach Peter Laviolette, Ellis could stand to post a new career high in points in the 2014-15 campaign. But first the Predators and Ellis need to find some common ground.

“We think what we saw in the last year in terms of his contributions to our club and with a change to the new coach can be an exciting time and a good opportunity for Ryan,” Poile added.

The Predators hold the leverage in this situation as the best Ellis can do is hold out without a contract when training camp begins in September. That’s a pretty rare occurrence in the NHL, and it’s more likely that the two find a proper accord so that Ellis can build on last season’s success.

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