The saga between Ellis and the Flyers is still a mystery

The Philadelphia Flyers on Friday ended the 2021-2022 season. A team that, on paper, looks like a team on the cusp of a playoff has had a disastrous year. Unbeknownst to us, Ryan Ellis’ injury has begun to unravel.

Ellis has yet to play a moment of hockey in 2022. If he does, it will be during the 2022-2023 season. His last vest appearance was against the Dallas Stars on November 13, 2021. Keith Yandel was the best snowboarder in the 5-2 loss.

That night in Dallas, Ellis played just under 19 minutes of hockey as he scored an assist. Nothing seems out of place in his game.

Then, poof.

Sure, Philadelphia started with a 6-2-2 score. Three of those games featured Ellis. He disappeared after the third match 2021-2022, 6-3 win over the Boston Bruins. He then returned for one match, on the thirteenth of the season, against the stars before the shadows. Ellis wasn’t even in the team photo earlier this month.

Want a good indication of how much the franchise values ​​a player? Find their location in the team photo. Sean Couturier, who also missed the season, was present. The question surrounding the relationship between Flyers and Ellis arises, Who is owed $6.25 million through 2026-2027.

Last season, Chuck Fletcher signed a deal for an injured player. What exactly is the injury? Is there a rift between Ellis and the coaching staff or is it more urgent? There is a lack of understanding between the player, the coaching staff, the coaching staff and the management. However, according to Dave Scott, Ellis is a key player in Philadelphia.

A lot has changed since Scott and Fletcher presented the Flyers case title in January. In the end, does Ellis want to be here? It would be difficult to move an injury-prone player who earns the money he does after a four-game campaign.

Ineffective communication means more time wasted with Ellis on the payroll. Mike Yu, who is as transparent as if he was an interim coach, said this about Ellis after a skate session early last month.

“He was kind of out there on skis, kind of gliding. He certainly wasn’t pushing himself to any point where we think he’s likely to be back anytime soon.”

Mike U 3/1/2022

This team must discover their position with Ellis before making critical decisions about a “strong retool”.

The mystery surrounding exactly Ellis’ injury makes everyone uncomfortable. Maybe he was rehabilitating with his doctors, which is unbelievable. It is also not the best reflection of a team coaching team.

Without a doubt, Ellis lifts Philadelphia. It fit Ivan Provorov, and the movement of the puck in the OZ was more fragile. This relationship between the player and the franchise was the catalyst for the fall of the 2021-2022 Flyers. One player was left out of the squad, and the whole paradigm changed. To think that re-tooling is the right way with no parts out of place if one fails is foolish.

Not so long ago, we were all confident that at least four best defensive players were in place in 2022-2023. Rasmus Restollinen and Travis Sanheim are not going anywhere. Perhaps Ivan Provorov will remain stuck unless there is a big business to shake up the scene. Suddenly, there is reason to worry about who shares the top pair with Provorov.

Logistically, Philadelphia is back in square one with many of the same issues they faced before they entered the 2021-2022 vacuum. They will have fewer resources to overcome a much larger problem.

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