The Nashville Predators may have avoided disaster by trading Ryan Ellis last summer.
As you may recall, on July 17th, 2021 the Preds sent Ryan Ellis to Philadelphia in exchange for defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Nolan Patrick. The Preds then immediately flipped Nolan Patrick to Vegas in exchange for forward Cody Glass.
However, the most significant part of the trade for Nashville was dumping Ellis’ huge cap hit into Philadelphia’s lap. At the time, Ellis was owed $6.25 million annually for six more years, part of an eight-year contract that Ellis signed in 2019. By trading away the contract, David Poile freed enough money to sign Mattias Ekholm to a four year contract extension last October.
While the addition of Cody Glass to the Preds’ pipeline is still a work in progress, as it turns out, getting Ryan Ellis’s money off the books could be the most significant result from that trade.
Latest Ryan Ellis news is not good (for Flyers)
The latest news on Ryan Ellis is he will likely miss the start of the 2022-23 season in Philadelphia. This comes from Flyers head coach John Tortorella, who told the media recently that it looked “doubtful” for Ellis to join the team in training camp.
Tortorella went on to say the injury “is not a reoccurring one” meaning it’s the same problem Ellis has had for a while. Ellis last played for the Flyers on November 13th, 2021, missing the rest of the season with an undisclosed lower body injury related to his pelvis. Ellis did not get surgery, hoping that rest and recovery would be the best course of action.
Back in April, Ellis said he was hopeful to be ready for training camp in September. But it sounds like that’s no longer going to happen.
The Ryan Ellis tenure in Philadelphia is going terribly for many reasons. The Flyers were unable to get more than four games out of their top trade acquisition from 2021, but they still had to pay him $7.7 million for the season. And now they will be without Ellis for the start of 2022-23, where he is owed another $5.3 million. In order to fill Ellis’s roster spot, the Flyers had to trade for defenseman Tony DeAngelo, a move that enraged many Flyers fans.
Ellis is owed over $29.3 million over the final five years of his contract. Meanwhile, the Preds were able to sign Mattias Ekholm for $25 million over four years, a contract extension which kicks in starting the 2022-23 season.
Cody Glass is expected to compete for a starting roster spot on the Preds this training camp. His main competition appears to be Michael McCarron, a 27-year-old veteran with significantly different skills from Glass. If Glass makes the team out of camp, he’s likely to hold on to that spot for the season, barring injury.
Many pundits panned the Preds’ trading away Ryan Ellis in July 2021. He was clearly their 2nd best defenseman at the time, and the team was not good enough defensively to warrant losing another blueliner.
But in addition to getting a real asset out of the deal in Cody Glass, the Preds obtained more financial security and roster flexibility in dealing Ryan Ellis, whose injury history has finally caught up with him.
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