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Although it shouldn’t come as a lot of a shock, Philadelphia Flyers normal 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 staff admitted that it didn’t look seemingly 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 previous Nashville Predators star had 5 factors in these 4 appearances, a tantalizing instance of what he might have dropped at the Philadelphia assault.
As an alternative, the staff is caught with him on injured reserve for an additional 12 months, utilizing his $6.25M cap hit as LTIR flexibility as a substitute. With Ellis dominated out, the staff is in no hazard of dealing with a cap squeeze later within the 12 months, although with their latest struggles it seemingly 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 staff 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 when he by no means performs once more, that can limit among the methods wherein the staff can function. LTIR aid isn’t just free cap house, it has unfavorable results as properly, like forcing bonus carryovers. The Flyers are paying $295K in these carryovers this 12 months 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 gained’t flip 32 till January and was legitimately within the prime of his profession when the staff acquired him, although harm 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 12 months, with 38 in simply 49 video games through the COVID-shortened marketing campaign, however then was capable of swimsuit up simply 35 occasions in 2020-21.
Now, it’s unclear if he’ll ever get again on the ice with the Flyers or anybody else.