PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Chuck Fletcher has found his top-pair defenseman. The Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday afternoon acquired right-handed blueliner Ryan Ellis from the Nashville Predators before the NHL’s roster freeze went into effect.
We have acquired defenseman Ryan Ellis from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Nolan Patrick.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) July 17, 2021
The Flyers traded defenseman Philippe Myers and Nolan Patrick to the Predators. Nashville then moved Patrick to the Vegas Golden Knights for center Cody Glass, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Ellis to PHI for Philippe Myers and Nolan Patrick. Patrick is going to Vegas for Cody Glass https://t.co/I9sxL4TLmV
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 17, 2021
Frank Seravalli first reported the trade.
Ellis, 30, joins the Flyers with six years left on an eight-year contract with a $6.25 cap hit. He’s a right-handed shot who projects to play on the Flyers’ top pair alongside Ivan Provorov.
Last season, Ellis was limited to 35 games due to a shoulder injury. He finished with five goals and 18 points with a plus-1 rating. Before the 2020-21 season, Ellis was a rock on the Nashville blue line.
The 10-year veteran has 270 career points in 562 points, all with Nashville. He comes with playoff experience, appearing in 74 career games, scoring 38 points and averaging almost 24 minutes per game.
Myers was an undrafted free agent signing who spent part of three seasons with the Flyers, registering 29 points in 115 regular-season games. He’s a right-handed shot with untapped potential on a good contract.
Patrick was the No. 2 overall pick in 2017, but a slew of injuries and a migraine disorder held him back in Philadelphia. Patrick will get a fresh start in Vegas.
The NHL roster freeze went into effect at 3 p.m. Saturday ahead of Wednesday’s expansion draft. Saturday was also the deadline for NHL teams to submit their expansion draft protection list to the Seattle Kraken.
The protected lists will be known to the public on Sunday.