Chuck Fletcher: Ryan Ellis not expected to play this season, injury could be career-ending
Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher doesn’t believe that star defenseman Ryan Ellis will play this season.
Chuck Fletcher on Ryan Ellis
“No timetable for his return to play,” Fletcher said Thursday, according to Philly Hockey Now’s Sam Carchidi. “I’ll just say, my assumption is he won’t play this season. If he does, it’ll be a bonus.”
The Flyers acquired Ellis last offseason in a three-way trade that shipped former No. 2 overall pick Nolan Patrick and Philippe Myers out of Philly.
Ellis was a star as a member of the Nashville Predators, notching 270 points in 562 games over 10 years.
However with the Flyers, Ellis only appeared in four games last season and continues to deal with a “multi-layered injury” in the middle of his body that according to The Athletic, Chuck Fletcher said could be career-ending.
Assuming Ellis is out of the picture, the Flyers are left with Tony DeAngelo, Rasmus Ristolaninen, and Justin Braun. Training camp starts today. Regular season begins on October 13th.
God save the Philadelphia Flyers.