NEW FLYER DEFENSEMAN RYAN ELLIS: LOTS OF TALENT AND INJURIES!

By Jenny Masters

New Flyers Ryan Ellis is a great acquisition on paper.

However, he’ll be 31 next January and has had his share of injuries of late.

He missed 41 games during the last two seasons. He took an elbow to the head from Corey Perry during the Winter Classic against the Dallas Stars in 2020 that sidelined him for a chunk of that.

Ellis, an associate captain with six years and $37.5 million remaining on his contract, was a $6.25 million cap hit. Arvidsson has three years left on his deal, at a $4.25 million annual hit.

“We’ve had a long time interest in Ryan Ellis,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a team release. “We were looking for help on the blue line in the offseason and during the season. … It’s a good fit for our team. We paid a price but it’s hard to get defensemen like this.”

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