Flyers Acquire Ellis From Predators in Three-Team Trade

by | Jul 17, 2021 | News, NHL, Rumors | 18 comments

The Philadelphia Flyers acquired defenseman Ryan Ellis from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Nolan Patrick. The Predators then traded Patrick to the Vegas Golden Knights for forward Cody Glass.

Philadelphia Flyers acquire Ryan Ellis from Nashville Predators (NHL Images).

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A major move right before the 3 pm ET expansion-draft roster freeze. This signals a shakeup among the Predators’ core, a big move by the Flyers to improve their defense, and the possibility of a change of scenery helping two former first-round draft picks get their once-promising careers back on track.

The Flyers see the 30-year-old Ellis as the solution to their need for a top-pairing, right-side defenseman. A skillful two-way blueliner, the 5’10”, 180-pounder exceeded 30 points in five straight seasons from 2015-16 to 2019-20.

Ellis has also been hampered by injuries in recent years. He played just one full season (2018-19) in the last four. When healthy, he should provide that veteran experience, skill and leadership the Flyers were lacking on their blueline this season. However, his health could be a concern going forward, especially carrying a $6.25 million annual cap hit for the next six seasons.

Myers, 24, struggled in his sophomore campaign with the Flyers. The 6-foot-5, 210-pounder has potential as a shutdown rearguard and could realize his full potential with the Predators. He’s signed through 2022-23 at an affordable $2.25 million per season.

Centers Patrick (second overall, 2017 draft) and Glass (sixth overall, 2017) both had difficulties playing up to expectations as high first-round picks. Patrick also battled migraines that sidelined him for the entire 2019-20 season. He could fill a checking-line role in Vegas. Glass struggled to earn a regular roster spot with the Golden Knights but could get more playing time on the retooling Predators.


  1. Hello Hextall / Burke anyone home??

    We miss out on 26 year old rugged Graves who goes to New Jersey

    We miss out on 30 year old Ryan Ellis who goes to Philadelphia both in our division

    we could have easily matched those offers…uuugghhh

    • Please enlighten me about Ryan Ellis? Marino fills the Myers part, where is the Pens Nolan Patrick? Think before you hit send.

      • Ed Van Winkle… I don’t care about Patrick but Ellis is better than anybody on our roster on defense except for maybe Dumoulin.

        He can also run a power play something else we don’t have.

        Ryan Graves is the guy who would have been ideal for the Penguins 6ft 5 rugged, shot blocker, and he is only 26..

      • Tanger? Top ten in Norris votes? Great contract for one more year? You outta yo damn mind.

    • Get used to it Pend fans – this is what Hextall is

  2. Hello Hextall / Burke anyone home ???

    We lose out of two tough rugged defenseman in successive days. We are supposed to be adding sandpaper and grit.

    we lose out on 26 year old Ryan Graves who goes to New Jersey

    we lose out on 30 year old Ryan Ellis who goes to Philadelphia

    they both go in our division. We could have matched those offers….wow

  3. Ok done hyperventilating…LOL

    OK the one that bugs me is 26 year old Ryan Graves from Colorado with only a $ 3.18 million dollar cap hit. This kid is physical blocks shots, and is a vocal leader which is what the Penguins need.

    I do love Ryan Ellis but didn’t realize he has 6 years left on his deal which will take him to 36.

    both go to our division uuggghhhhh

    • If Graves were any good do you really think Joe Sakic wouldn’t have found a way to keep him?

      As a Pens fan I am glad we didn’t get involved with either Graves or Ellis. Ellis is a china doll and gets hurt a lot so he would have fit in perfectly with Pittsburgh.

      • Ed van Winkle… I agree with you about Ellis who is brittle and injury prone.

        Now MAYBE you should think before you post in regards to Graves.

        Colorado had to let him go they are loaded on defense meathead.

        Cake Makar

        Bowen Bryan

        Samuel Girard

        All protected

        They also have Devon Toews who they stole from the Islanders

        They also have veteran Erik Johnson

        Ryan Graves + 55 over the last bunch of years that is no fluke…wake up bro

        He is better than any Penguins defenseman period. I love Dumoulin but Graves is more durable, 4 years younger, $ 1 million dollars cheaper, and more physical.

        Don’t be stupid on Ryan Graves he is exactly what the Penguins needed….and Hextall is napping

        + 55 on a team that plays a ton of Offense and gives up chances…

      • Blackngold- please when the heck do the Penguins have that they could have offered to beat either of those deals?? Nothing! The Pens are barren. They have no trade capital. And unfortunately for you none of the other GM’a except maybe Dubas are big enough fans to give quality for scraps.

  4. Nolan Patrick gets reunited with his Brandon Wheat Kings GM and now Vegas GM Kelly McCrimmon.

    Hopefully Patrick migraines are under control and he can live up to his promise.

    It’s being reported that St Louis is going to leave Tarasanko unprotected.

    • Why not, Francis isn’t taking him

    • Patrick is done
      Hate to give up on Myers so soon, he was a steal…

      • @ BadCowboyDan..What happened to Nolan Patrick he was such a high pick and the toast of Philly just a few years ago.

      • Nolan Patrick missed almost a year ti deal with migraine issues.

        He is a very talented player.

        Hopefully the migraine issues are under control.

  5. Flyers got rid of 2 guys that gave next to nothing last year. Myers is 6’5 and 210 but hits nobody.

    • Myers will do well in the NSH system. Patrick has shied away from contact and his compete level has been sub par to this point

  6. Lyle,
    You think a soft guy with migraines can be on a checking line??? Huh???

    Patty is only looking for another contract to set himself up on. (can’t blame him) He is done playing hockey with any risk.