It seems that winning in sports can cure any problem and in fact earlier today we got an indication of that fact when Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba, a player that 2 years ago demanded a trade and indicated he would never play for the Jets again,made it known that he wants to remain with the Jets for the long term now that the team has made the Western Conference Final. It seems however that the opposite might be true, losing may expose some underlying problems that were being brushed aside while you were winning.
After the Nashville Predators were eliminated in the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs we were treated to rampant rumors and speculation regarding the future of that franchise, and more specifically the future of some of their top players. At the top of the list over the past week or so have been the names of star defenseman P.K. Subban and star goaltender Pekka Rinne,
In the case of Rinne the speculation and rumors have been fueled by the fact that he had some seriously lackluster performances in the post season this year, and was shaky in the Stanley Cup Final the previous year. Many have been quick to point the finger of blame at Rinne for the Predators early playoff exit and Sportsnet insider Nick Kypreos even went so far as to say that he could be done in Nashville after a complete collapse in a critical Game 7.
The rumors around Subban on the other hand have largely come as a result of the player's boisterous personality. Subban has a larger than life persona and it is strongly believed that personality was one of the main reasons he was dealt by the Montreal Canadiens. Some have suggested that he may rub members of the Nashville locker room the wrong way but those rumors have never been substantiated with any credible reports. There are now however credible reports of a potential rift between the Predators and another one of their defensemen.
On Tuesday Joe Rexrode of USA Today Sports touched on the possibility that the Predators may lose veteran defenseman Ryan Ellis this summer due to the fact that he and the Predators are reportedly very far apart when it comes to talk of a new contract extension. From Rexrode's report:
Short of a trade offer from a team that is so overwhelmingly generous that he can’t refuse it, the only major shakeup move I could see David Poile making this summer would involve Ryan Ellis.
And that’s only if, as the Predators and the Ellis camp talk long-term extension, they are miles apart.
Ellis has been on the record saying that he wants to remain a member of the Nashville Predators, but many experts believe that his next deal will see him earn as much as an additional $5 million per season on top of the $2.5 million he is earning on his current contract. His current contract is one of the best bargain deals in the entire National Hockey League and the Predators could use that in the final year of his deal to extract a huge return in a trade.
For what it's worth Rexrode believes that the rumors involving Suban are ridiculous, so you know he is not making these comments regarding Ellis' uncertain future lightly.