Though it shouldn’t come as a lot of a shock, Philadelphia Flyers basic supervisor Chuck Fletcher confirmed to reporters, including Adam Kimelman of NHL.com, that Ryan Ellis is not going to play this season. In coaching camp, the workforce admitted that it didn’t look probably that Ellis would get on the ice this season.
Ellis, 31, has performed simply 4 video games for the Flyers since arriving in the summertime of 2021, acquired for Nolan Patrick and Philippe Myers. The former Nashville Predators star had 5 factors in these 4 appearances, a tantalizing instance of what he may have dropped at the Philadelphia assault.
Instead, the workforce is caught with him on injured reserve for one more yr, utilizing his $6.25M cap hit as LTIR flexibility as an alternative. With Ellis dominated out, the workforce is in no hazard of dealing with a cap squeeze later within the yr, although with their latest struggles it probably wouldn’t matter a lot anyway. The Flyers at the moment are 1-6-3 of their final 10 after profitable on Tuesday evening and don’t have the looks of a workforce able to compete for a playoff spot.
The irritating half for followers and administration alike is that Ellis has 4 extra years on his contract after this one. Even if he by no means performs once more, that may limit a few of the methods by which the workforce can function. LTIR reduction is not only free cap house, it has adverse results as nicely, like forcing bonus carryovers. The Flyers are paying $295K in these carryovers this yr and will face extra subsequent season if a participant like Noah Cates secures a few of his efficiency bonuses.
It’s not like Ellis was prepared for retirement. He received’t flip 32 till January and was legitimately within the prime of his profession when the workforce acquired him, although damage was at all times a priority. In his final full season, 2018-19, the right-shot defenseman recorded a career-high 41 factors. He was even higher the next yr, with 38 in simply 49 video games throughout the COVID-shortened marketing campaign, however then was capable of go well with up simply 35 instances in 2020-21.
Now, it’s unclear if he’ll ever get again on the ice with the Flyers or anybody else.