The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Ryan Ellis to an 8-year, $50 million contract extension.
The deal will begin in the 2019-20 season as Ellis has one season left on his 5-year deal signed in 2014. Ellis would have become a free agent on July 1, 2019.
Ellis had 32 points (nine goals & 23 assists) in 44 games last season and tied for fifth among defensemen with a plus-26 rating.
The 27-year-old has career earnings of $14,864,146 from NHL contracts in 10 seasons with the Predators.