Trade grades: Flyers get their defenseman, give up on Patrick

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Flyers make stunner of a trade to land a top-pair defenseman

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Just ahead of Saturday's NHL trade and waiver freeze 3 p.m. ET deadline for the expansion draft, the Flyers acquired defenseman Ryan Ellis from the Predators in exchange for Philippe Myers and Nolan Patrick. Patrick was then traded from Nashville to the Golden Knights for Cody Glass.

Ellis is an experienced, top-pair, righty-shot defenseman who will play alongside Ivan Provorov. The 30-year-old is under contract for the next six seasons with annual cap hit of $6.250 million.

Fletcher said the Flyers had a "longtime interest" in Ellis and that he "checks a lot of boxes" for the club.

"Ryan is an excellent, all-around defenseman," the Flyers' general manager said Saturday. "In our opinion, he's one of the best passers in the game on the blue line. He's great in transition, he can play the power play, he's got a heavy shot and he's a very good penalty killer.

"He had been part of the leadership group in Nashville for a while. He's a competitive, team-oriented type of player. For us, we think he's a really well-rounded hockey player, a quality person and somebody that we feel very fortunate that we were able to add to our group today."

Over the last six seasons, Ellis has 199 points (55 goals, 144 assists) in 360 games. In that span, his plus-94 rating is fourth best among all NHL defensemen, behind only Ryan McDonagh (plus-112), Victor Hedman (plus-112) and Zdeno Chara (plus-105).

In 2020-21, Ellis had 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) over 35 games and played the second-most minutes per game on the Predators at 23:46. Ellis missed all of March because of an upper-body injury that required surgery. During the playoffs, Ellis played over 25 minutes per game and had five points (one goal, four assists) through six games.

"Overall, just surprised, shocked and at the same time, excited," Ellis said about the trade, via Flyers senior director of communications Zack Hill. "New challenge and new chapter."

The trade of Patrick could now allow the Flyers to protect James van Riemsdyk in Wednesday's expansion draft.

Patrick was the second overall selection in the 2017 draft. The 22-year-old center had a rough season (four goals, five assists, minus-30 rating) a year after missing all of 2019-20 as he battled a migraine disorder.

Myers was an undrafted discovery of the Flyers, a 6-foot-5 defenseman who had climbed the club's prospect rankings. With prospects Cam York and Egor Zamula in the wings, it was possible the Flyers would dangle the 24-year-old Myers this offseason. They ended up doing so to fill a big hole.

The Flyers desperately needed to a top-pair defenseman. They didn't fill the void left by Matt Niskanen's retirement last offseason and ended up surrendering more goals than any other team in hockey at 3.52 per game. As a result, the Flyers missed the playoffs a year after they fell one win short of the Eastern Conference Final.

What Ryan Ellis trade means for Nashville Predators: Youth, moving on from '17 Cup Final season

Tennessean 17 July, 2021 - 07:30pm

Ryan Ellis' name was nowhere to be found in the big, bold letters atop the press release sent out by the team.

Make no mistake, though, general manager David Poile's actions this offseason have spoken way louder than some words on some release. Make no mistake, Ellis' name is a headliner.

Make no mistake, Poile finally is breaking up with the nostalgia attached to the 2017 team that unexpectedly reached the Stanley Cup Final. He listened to their pleas and the promise that looked to come with it.

No more. After the Ellis trade, only eight players remained on the Predators' roster from that season.

Sixteen days after trading Viktor Arvidsson, the franchise record-holder for single-season goals, to the Los Angeles Kings, associate captain Ellis, the same player Poile thought highly enough of to sign to an eight-year, $50 million extension in 2018, was packing his bags for Philadelphia, where he will play for the Flyers.

Not to mention, "face of the franchise" Pekka Rinne announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Poile hesitated to use the word "rebuild," instead settling on "competitive rebuild."

It means some younger players are likely to get their shot this season for a franchise that has been among the league's oldest the last few years. For example, 2019 first-round pick Philip Tomasino could become more familiar to fans as one of the team's forwards. 

It means Alexandre Carrier, who proved capable last season while playing with Ekholm, could see his role increased. It means more Eeli Tolvanen and Mathieu Olivier and Myers, a defenseman, and Glass, a forward, and Tanner Jeanot and Yakov Trenin and Dante Fabbro likely will have more vital roles.

Not to say Poile isn't aware of the reaction from some of those who remain with the team. Forsberg gave the Arvidsson deal a thumbs down on Instagram. Other players also expressed displeasure.

Poile said he's discussed the possibility of big moves with captain Roman Josi, with the understanding not all the decisions will be popular. There very well could be more with the expansion draft Wednesday and NHL draft Thursday.

Breaking up, that's been hard to do for Poile.

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Ellis traded to Flyers by Predators

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Defenseman Ryan Ellis is traded to Flyers from Predators for defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Nolan Patrick

Ryan Ellis was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers by the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Nashville received defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Nolan Patrick, who was then traded to the Vegas Golden Knights for forward Cody Glass.

Ellis, a 30-year-old defenseman, has six seasons remaining on the eight-year, $50 million contract ($6.25 million average annual value) he signed with Nashville on Aug. 14, 2018. He scored 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 35 regular-season games and five points (one goal, four assists) in six Stanley Cup Playoff games this season.

"Pretty shocked," Ellis said. "To be honest, [the trade] just happened, haven't really thought too far ahead. I don't even know what to say. Just found out an hour ago. Winning is important, that's the business we're in, so just to win.

"I spent my whole career in Nashville. You're well-aware of the payers on the [Flyers] and the talent they have. But they're in the East and [the Predators are] in the West. Don't really see them a whole lot. Everything's going to be new for me."

Selected by the Predators in the first round (No. 11) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Ellis has scored 270 points (75 goals, 195 assists) in 562 regular-season games and 38 points (seven goals, 31 assists) in 74 playoff games.

"Ryan is an excellent all-around defenseman," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "In our opinion, he's one of the best passers in the game on the blue line. He's great in transition, he can play the power play, he's got a heavy shot, and he's a very good penalty killer. He's been part of the leadership group in Nashville for a while. He is a competitive, team-oriented type of player. We think he's a really well-rounded hockey player, a quality person and somebody that we feel very fortunate that we were able to add to our group today."

Philadelphia finished second-to-last in penalty killing percentage this season (73.1). Ellis averaged 2:32 of shorthanded ice-time per game with Nashville this season.

"There's no question our penalty kill struggled last year, and we believe Ryan will help with our penalty kill," Fletcher said. "Certainly a player that can shoot the puck and move the puck and help with our transition game, our power play, our overall offensive game. He brings a lot to the table."

Nashville was unlikely to protect Ellis from the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck, which will be held July 21 (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, SN, SN NOW).

"Obviously, there's a lot going on in the next few days with the expansion and everything," Ellis said. "I've never been traded before but overall just surprised, shocked, but at the same time excited at a new challenge, new chapter."

Each NHL team can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goalie. Any player who has a no-move clause must agree to waive it to be exposed. The deadline for teams to submit protected lists was Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.

Patrick can become a restricted free agent July 28. The 22-year-old scored nine points (four goals, five assists) in 52 games with the Flyers this season. Patrick did not play in 2019-20 because of a migraine disorder.

Selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, Patrick has scored 70 points (30 goals, 40 assists) in 197 regular-season games and two points (one goal, one assist) in six playoff games.

"I believe in his upside," Vegas GM Kelly McCrimmon said. "We know what his level of talent is. Great size, really good two-way player; he's been an offensive player his entire life, but we feel he understands the game well defensively and he's going to bring two-way play to our team."

Myers has two seasons remaining on the three-year, $7.65 million contract ($2.55 million average annual value) he signed with Philadelphia on Dec. 8, 2020. The 24-year-old scored 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in 44 games this season.

Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia on Sept. 21, 2015, Myers has scored 29 points (six goals, 23 assists) in 115 regular-season games and four points (three goals, one assist) in 16 playoff games.

"You have to give to get," Fletcher said. "We feel we have a lot of quality young players still in our system, a lot of quality prospects still in our system and we still have all of our draft picks. We're going to need a lot of young assets to fill in, it is a flat cap era, and I think we feel comfortable with the quality and quantity of the young players that we still have as an organization. But the opportunity to add a player like Ryan was too good to pass up. He's what we need at this time."

Glass, a 22-year-old center, has one season remaining on the five-year contract he signed with the Golden Knights on July 15, 2017. He scored 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 27 games this season.

Selected by Vegas in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft (No. 6), Glass has scored 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 66 regular-season games and no points in one playoff game.

"We felt it was time for a change to our core this offseason, and we are really excited to add an influx of youth, size and skill into the lineup with these additions," Predators GM David Poile said. "Cody Glass is a former sixth-overall pick that we think has a high ceiling as a center prospect, and Philippe Myers is a 6-foot-5 defenseman that adds an element that we do not currently have on our back end.

"At the same time, we will miss Ryan Ellis' leadership, dedication and work ethic in our locker room. We drafted Ryan in 2009, and over the last decade-plus he helped lead our franchise through its most competitive era, spending the last four seasons as Associate Captain. We wish Ryan and his family all the best in Philadelphia and thank him for all he did during his time with the Predators."

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Source: Flyers Trade Philippe Myers, Nolan Patrick in Exchange for Ryan Ellis

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Just ahead of the NHL trade and waiver freeze 3 p.m. ET deadline for the expansion draft, the Flyers acquired defenseman Ryan Ellis from the Predators in exchange for Philippe Myers and Nolan Patrick, a source confirmed Saturday. According to multiple reports, Patrick was then traded from Nashville to the Golden Knights for Cody Glass.

Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun first reported the deal.

Ellis is a top-pair, right-shot defenseman who will play alongside Ivan Provorov.

Golden Knights deal former top pick to Predators

Las Vegas Review-Journal 17 July, 2021 - 02:33pm

The Golden Knights traded center Cody Glass on Saturday, cutting ties with the first draft pick in team history.

The Golden Knights moved on from former top draft pick Cody Glass, making a pair of trades Saturday in an effort to improve their center depth.

Glass was sent to Nashville as part of a three-team deal that brings former Philadelphia center Nolan Patrick to the Knights. Patrick was the No. 2 pick in the 2017 draft, four spots ahead of Glass, and the move provides each with a change of scenery.

“These are all players that I think are likely in a better spot today in terms of opportunity in front of them than they were yesterday,” general manager Kelly McCrimmon said. “We think these players both have a lot of real positive things ahead, a lot of runway to work with as young players and players that we think are really going to contribute to our team.”

Patrick totaled four goals and nine points in 52 games last season after missing all of the 2019-20 season because of a migraine disorder that threatened his career. The native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was coached by McCrimmon in juniors with Brandon of the Western Hockey League.

A restricted free agent, Patrick has 30 goals and 70 points in his first 197 career NHL games. If healthy, the 6-foot-2-inch, 198-pound Patrick can provide size and skill down the middle.

He joins a center depth chart that features Chandler Stephenson, William Karlsson, Nicolas Roy, Keegan Kolesar and Howden. Tomas Nosek and Mattias Janmark are unrestricted free agents.

“I think if this was 12 months ago and you’re making that move on the heels of a season where (Patrick) never played a game, you’d have lengthier discussions and maybe greater concerns,” McCrimmon said. “I’m comfortable, confident, know this player well from having coached him. I watched him closely as an NHL player and again, you marry that insight with what our scouts see and what our projections are for the player. That’s what it took for us to be comfortable to make this move.”

Glass was the last of the Knights’ three first-round picks from 2017 still with the team but seemed to fall out of favor this season after he was unable to seize a full-time spot in the lineup.

He underwent major knee surgery in March 2020 and bounced between the NHL and the minors this past season, recording four goals and 10 points in 27 games with the Knights.

Glass, 22, appeared in one postseason game in 2021 despite the Knights losing centers Stephenson and Nosek at various times in the playoffs. In 66 NHL games, Glass produced nine goals and 22 points.

During his end-of-the-season interview, coach Pete DeBoer seemed express his frustration with Glass’ slow development despite handing him the opportunity to skate on the first line and with the top power-play unit.

“This is a really good young player for a really good young player. There’s no more to it than that,” McCrimmon said. “This wasn’t a failing on Cody’s part, at all.”

Howden, 23, was a first-round pick by the Lightning in 2016 and was traded to the Rangers in 2018. He scored one goal and seven points in 42 games for New York this past season, averaging 12 minutes, 34 seconds of ice time.

The 6-3, 200-pound Howden was a valuable penalty killer and bottom-six role player, but was set to be exposed by the Rangers in the expansion draft.

“Sometimes this is where it goes for young players in the NHL,” McCrimmon said. “Opportunities that presented themselves for us here with expansion, with the trade freeze, it was our opportunity to be active and acquire two really good young players.”

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