As You all may all know by now, The Philadelphia Flyers made a big trade on Saturday afternoon. Only hours before the NHL put the Freeze on all waivers, signings, and trades for the upcoming NHL expansion draft. The Flyers traded for Defenseman Ryan Ellis from the Nashville Predators in exchange for Defenseman Philippe Myers along with Offenseman Nolan Patrick, who shortly afterwards was sent to the Las Vegas Golden Knights for Center Cody Glass.
Is Ryan Ellis the answer and possible replacement to the retired Defenseman Matt Niskanen? In my opinion, No. I believe Ghost will be moved too, to bring in another defenseman, who is not so offensive minded. Ellis, who has played like an elite defenseman for the past 5 seasons, is a much needed improvement on the Flyers blue line. The unexpected retirement of Matt Niskanen was not going to be an easy replacement to find. As fans, we all found that out the hard way. So did the Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher, head coach Alain Vigneault, and the entire Flyers Brass. This year, they were not gonna chance it. With the upcoming expansion draft, protected players list, and the NHL draft around the corner, The Flyers needed a top line defenseman, and needed to act quickly before another team stepped in. i.e The Kraken. Especially when you look to your younger players to step up and take his job. Well that never happened. Niskanen was only 34 years old when he retired from the NHL last season, playing in 14 seasons. His 949 games played, with 72 goals, 284 assists, and 356 points in his career, is impressive and productive.
Ellis is 30 years old, played 10 season for the Predators before putting on the orange and black. He has played in 562 games, with 75 goals, 195 assists, and 270 career points. An offensive minded defenseman, Ellis is sure to win the hearts of the fans as he is a productive, two-way player that should open up the ice for Provorov to do what he does best, create time and space, pass, shoot, and score. This defense pairing will be fun and exciting to watch this season and hopefully the next seasons when the Stanley cup is being hoisted around the Wells Fargo Center. This trade was a great move by GM Chuck Fletcher. The 2 players that the Flyers gave up in order to get Ellis were not going to be Flyers for long. Myers, an unproven defenseman, that consistently made multiple mistakes, and Nolan Patrick, which was no secret wanted a new team, a new scenery, found his way to the Golden Knights. His coach in juniors, the now GM of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, Kelly McCrimmon will be very happy to take him. And I will be very happy when Fletcher replaces him with a much faster, More productive goal scorer. The Flyers did not need to add any draft picks in order to finalize the trade.