The Philadelphia Flyers saw a huge drop in production from their defensive corps in 2020-21, but the Orange and Black made a major splash on Saturday with hopes of improving the overall abilities of the group.
Ryan Ellis was acquired in a trade with the Nashville Predators on Saturday, in a trade which saw Philippe Myers and Nolan Patrick head the other way. Patrick was subsequently traded by Nashville to the Vegas Golden Knights, ending both players short times with the Flyers organization.
The 30-year-old is a former first round pick by Nashville in 2009 and since has developed into one of the top veteran defenseman in the NHL. Ellis is entering the third year of an eight-year contract worth $6.25 million per season AAV through the 2026-27 season.
Ellis only played in 35 regular season games in 2020-21 due to shoulder surgery, registering 18 points in 35 regular season games. He recorded five points in six playoff games in the First Round vs. the Carolina Hurricanes prior to Nashville’s elimination.
The Canadian player has spent all 10 seasons in the NHL with the Predators, recording a total of 270 points in 562 games with 75 goals and 195 assists. He helped lead the Predators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017.
Myers and Patrick both depart Philadelphia after being promising players within the team’s minor leagues. Myers departs the Flyers after spending parts of three seasons with the Flyers where he has posted a total of 29 points in 115 regular season games.
Patrick departs the Flyers after appearing in 197 regular season games in parts of three seasons. He recorded 30 goals and 40 assists for 70 points in that stretch. After missing all of the 2019-20 season with a migraine disorder, he posted four goals and five assists for nine points, playing in 52 games this season.
The Flyers’ busy work continues this week with the 2021 NHL Entry Draft.