The Philadelphia Flyers are adding defensive reinforcements before the 2021-22 season.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Flyers acquired Ryan Ellis from the Nashville Predators in exchange for Nolan Patrick and Philippe Myers. The Predators are trading Patrick to the Las Vegas Gold Knights for Cody Glass.
Ellis had spent his entire 10-year career in Nashville. The 30-year-old accumulated 270 points (75 goals, 195 assists) in 562 games.
The Canadian joins a defensive unit in Philadelphia that includes Shayne Gostisbehere, Justin Braun, Robert Hagg, Ivan Provorov and Travis Sanheim.
The Flyers were one of the worst defensive teams in the NHL last season, allowing 197 goals, the league’s highest, which equates to 3.52 goals against per game. They also had the second worst penalty in the league at 70.95%.
Adding Ellis was a solid deal for the Flyers, but that move alone won’t help the defense turn things around.
Patrick was the second overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. The 22-year-old has accumulated 70 points (30 goals, 40 assists) in 197 games in three seasons.
Glass, sixth overall in 2017, has added 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 66 games.