After two straight nightmarish seasons, the Philadelphia Flyers are desperate to return to contention in 2022-23. Last offseason, the Flyers acquired defenseman Ryan Ellis from the Nashville Predators, hoping that adding Ellis, a veteran top-pairing defenseman, would revamp their defense and help out young goalie Carter Hart. Unfortunately for the Flyers, though, Ellis’ health issues limited him to just four games in a Flyers uniform, and the Flyers in his absence struggled to keep pucks out of the net.
Now, it seems Ellis’ absence looks set to continue. When asked by NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman if Ellis would be ready for the team’s season opener, Flyers head coach John Tortorella responded “I doubt it,” and elaborated that despite Ellis’ best efforts it’s doubtful he’d be ready to even participate in training camp. Ellis is currently battling what he termed a “multilayered” issue involving his “whole pelvic region.” While it’s definitely possible that Ellis returns next season and gets into games with the Flyers, Philadelphia spent significant resources this offseason preparing to survive without Ellis. The team traded for and extended Tony DeAngelo to presumably partner with Ivan Provorov on the team’s top pairing, and they also signed Justin Braun to round out the right side of their defense. The Flyers are likely expecting to eventually see Ellis back on the ice, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem like that’ll happen any time soon.
Now, for some other news from across the NHL:
- Forward Brett Gallant has played for the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters for the past six seasons, and now it’s been announced that he’ll be returning for his seventh year there. The Monsters announced today that they’ve signed Gallant to a one-year AHL contract. The physical Gallant, 33, is a veteran of nearly 500 AHL games and last played in the NHL in 2013-14. He had four goals and 98 penalty minutes in 53 games last season and has logged nearly 1,500 penalty minutes in his AHL career.
- Despite finally playing a year as a full-time NHL-er last season, Evgeny Svechnikov is still without a contract for next season. The 2015 first-round pick played in 72 games last season and scored 19 points. Kevin Weekes of ESPN reports that Svechnikov has changed representation, and has joined up with Dan Milstein’s Gold Star Hockey agency, a group that represents a multitude of Svechnikov’s fellow Russian NHLers.