Philadelphia Flyers Rumors: Team Looking To Move Injured Defenseman

The Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly considering ways to move veteran defenseman Ryan Ellis and the remaining four years left on his contract.

Ellis was acquired by the Flyers from the Nashville Predators in the summer of 2021, but has been out of action for nearly 18 months due to a complex injury to his psoas muscle, which has led to concerns that he may never play professional hockey again.

There is a very real possibility that the injury could end his career.

The injury affecting his back and abdominal area has several components, including a rare torn psoas, which makes the rehabilitation process challenging, and there have been no visible signs of progress in recent months.

This news is disappointing for the Flyers and their fans, as Ellis is an accomplished player with a lot of skill and experience, having recorded 275 points in 566 regular-season NHL games and 38 points in 74 playoff games.

While the Flyers are not in a competing window right now and don't necessarily need the immediate cap room, they are open to bringing in a player who can help them in the short-term while taking on a shorter term, expensive deal.

A similar deal the Flyers are hoping to make is the Shea Weber for Evgeni Dadonov trade that we saw last summer.

It's interesting to note that Ellis' contract is insured, which could make it easier for them to move him. However, the team is also comfortable keeping Ellis if they have no other option.

It remains to be seen what will happen with Ellis and the Flyers, but it's clear that the injury has put his career in jeopardy and the team is exploring options for moving forward without him. Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports