By Jenny Masters
The 30-year-old Ryan Ellis faced the media yesterday after he was traded to the Flyers for defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Nolan Patrick, and concerns were raised in Philly that the team acquired damaged goods.
Because of the NHL’s murky injury reporting rules, the Predators only listed Ellis out with an upper-body injury after he was hurt in a Feb. 28 game. At some point, stories emerged that Ellis — going into the third year of an eight-year contract worth $6.25 million a year through the 2026-27 season — had an injured shoulder and needed surgery.
Ellis and the Predators never bothered to say it wasn’t true. Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher was asked Saturday about Ellis’ shoulder injury and didn’t shoot it down, either.
“We believe he has good hockey ahead of him,” Fletcher said. “It’s tough to predict injuries. He certainly is a man that plays hard.”
The clean bill of health is good news for the Flyers, who believe Ellis can regain the form that made him one of the NHL’s best defensemen — a position of need since the abrupt retirement of Matt Niskanen before last season.
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) July 20, 2021