Saturday feels like a miniature trading deadline in the NHL given the amount of activity going on. While that’s not a deal deadline, it is, in fact, a frozen league-wide roster heading to the upcoming expansion draft for the Seattle Kraken.
The Philadelphia Flyers, surprisingly enough, generated the greatest amount of attention before the 3 p.m. ET lineup was frozen, Let’s deal The former No. 2 picked overall Nolan Patrick and young defender Philippe Myers for the Nashville Predators’ blue-liner Ryan Ellis. Myers will stay in Nashville while the Predator overthrows Patrick for the Vegas Golden Knight for Cody Glass.
It was a shock of a deal, which didn’t happen at all when the deadline to freeze the listings arrived. The Flyers have finally got the top doubles defense they’ve been looking for, giving up two young players – with Patrick particularly in need of a change of scenery – for a chance to win now, while still keep the selection in the first round for the upcoming draft. can be used for another deal on the road.
Here’s how the NHL world reacted to the amazing deal from general manager Chuck Fletcher to leave Philadelphia.
Chuck Fletcher flipped the center of line 4 and the second pairing for Ryan Ellis was ridiculous
– Drew (@_DrewWheeler) July 17, 2021
Can confirm reports that Flyers bought Ellis for Myers & Patrick. Believe that’s the whole deal.
Ellis had a bad season in 2020-21 and struggled with injuries. But before that, he was one of the best RHD men in hockey. In my eyes, very underrated. Great play driver.
– Charlie O’Connor (@charlieo_conn) July 17, 2021
There’s absolutely a world where the Flyers end up regretting this trade, but, like… you’re meeting a guy with a track record of being a top double-guard to two guys who stole last year and nothing else. You take this and run, no questions asked. https://t.co/JCwBFfEn5B
– Kurt (@Kurt_BSH) July 17, 2021
Ellis deal for @NHLFlyers is one of the certainty of performance (when healthy) over performance potential. These things can come back together from time to time, but for the most part they lean towards the sure-fire side of performance when things wobble. In short, a huge need was met.
– Jim Jackson (@JimJPhilly) July 17, 2021
The flyer won this trade. Escape. Getting a guy of Ellis’ caliber with a mediocre 4 and a bust… that’s another story.
– JFresh (@JFreshHockey) July 17, 2021
As a Flyer fan (Rono): THANK YOU, CHUCK! I’m glad you didn’t get Seth Jones. Ryan Ellis is much better choice in my eyes! Thank you so much again!
– Andy & Rono (@HockeyStatsCZ) July 17, 2021