Earlier this week, the Nashville Preds signed defenseman Ryan Ellis to an eight-year extension worth $50 million.

The deal kicks in after next season, which means Ellis will be in Nashville for the next nine years.

Keeping Ellis around is, obviously, a huge deal for the Predators. There’s no way Nashville could afford to lose a player that’s as important on (and off) the ice as Ellis. The Preds did the right thing by locking him down before he reached free agency.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Ellis explained that he didn’t want his contract to hinder the team’s future plans, saying “I’m getting paid more than enough to play hockey…..We have other guys that need to be re-upped and need to be signed in the future and I had to do my part to keep this thing going in the right direction”.

While that comment is certainly great to hear for Preds fans, it wasn’t the most encouraging thing Ellis said on Thursday.

The Ontario native believes the Preds can be Stanely Cup for at least the next ten years.

If we can keep everyone here and keep the core together, I think we can compete for a Stanley Cup for the next 10 years at least. I mean that’s bold to say, but we believe a lot in the people we have in our room, our coach, our GM and our entire organization

That’s a pretty bold statement, but there’s a good reason for it. General manager David Poile has truly built something special in Nashville. I think we’ve seen plenty of evidence of that in the last two years.

As of now, I don’t see any reason the Preds can’t compete for the Stanley Cup for the next decade.

Especially if Poile keeps making savvy moves like he did this week.

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