Ellis switches from trade to Flyers after 10 seasons with Predators
Ryan ellis said he got past the surprise of to be exchanged to the Philadelphia Flyers and is dedicated to helping them win the Stanley Cup.
The defenseman was acquired from the Nashville Predators on Saturday for the defenseman Philippe myers and forward Patrick nolan, who was later traded to the Vegas Golden Knights for a forward Cody Glass.
âThis is my first time going through it, so it’s a bit of a shock to the system for me and my family,â Ellis said on Tuesday. “But we are looking forward to here and we are excited to get there, to settle in and start a race for the Cup.”
Ellis said he spoke to a few of his new teammates, which allowed him to start developing a certain level of comfort in switching teams after playing 10 seasons for the Predators.
âOnce I’m settled in and my family settled in and it sort of played out and I’m back on the ice with the guys, I think that will be the time when things calm down for me personally. ” he said. “Knowing that my family is ready and safe, and once that’s done, I think I’ll be good to go and even more excited.”
The Flyers are thrilled with what Ellis can bring. Philadelphia allowed 3.52 goals per game, an NHL-high this season, and one reason was inconsistency between defensive pairs. Ellis will likely play on the right side of the first pair with Ivan Provorov. He is also expected to skate on the power play and on the penalty kill.
âRyan is a great all-around defenseman,â Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said on Saturday. âIn our opinion, he’s one of the best passer in the game on the blue line. He’s great in transition, he can play on the power play, he has a strong shot and he’s a really good penalty killer.
âHe’s been in the leadership group in Nashville for a while. He’s a competitive, team-oriented type of player. We think he’s a very complete hockey player, a quality person and someone we feel very lucky to have been. able to add to our group today. “
Ellis, however, said he doesn’t care about his place in the roster at this point.
âI can’t wait to compete with the guys, and at this point in my career all I want to do is win,â he said. âThis organization has a winning standard and expectations for doing it. For me, I’m going to try to play my game and help the team in any way I can, and whether it’s scoring goals or stopping goals, do both, whatever it takes to help this team win.
“I’m just trying to do whatever the team needs at that point to win, whether it’s blocking shots or making defensive plays, if we’re cheating on offense, trying to get them to games happen offensively. I’m proud to be a team- first guy, so like I said, all it takes to win at that point is, hopefully, this that you will see from me. “
Ellis also said he was in good health after missing 20 games with a broken joint in his hand. He was injured on February 28 and returned on April 10 to play the last 14 games of the Nashville regular season and six games of a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup first round among the seven. better.
“I’m fine, I’m healthy, I’m hungry, I’m happy and excited to be a member of the Flyers,” he said.