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The Nashville Predators announced on Tuesday they reached an agreement with defenseman Ryan Ellis on an eight-year, $50 million contract extension through the 2026-27 NHL season.

Preds general manager David Poile said Ellis is a “huge part of our team on and off the ice and we are happy to have his leadership remain in our locker room for the foreseeable future.”

“We have talked about wanting to keep the core of our team together, and this is another opportunity to help us do so while continuing to compete for a Stanley Cup,” Poile added. “Ryan is entering his prime and is one of the reasons why we feel this team has a chance to win every time we step on the ice.”

Ellis’ new contract will kick in for the 2019-20 season. He’ll make $3.5 million with a cap hit of $2.5 million for the upcoming campaign under the terms of his prior contract, per Spotrac.

Adam Vingan of the Tennessean reported the deal doesn’t include a no-movement or no-trade clause.

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