The Flyers are making moves this off-season
Myers and Patrick for Ellis: To start its busy off-season, the Flyers moved some of its younger talent, in Philippe Myers and Nolan Patrick, for one of the league’s most solid defensemen, Ryan Ellis. While he’s a promising young talent, Patrick has struggled with a number of injuries, most notably missing the entire 2019-2020 season with migraine issues. Myers is also a young talent and became a full-time NHL defenseman during the 2019-2020 season. With these departures, the Flyers lose a combined total of 36 goals and 99 points in 312 career games.
The acquisition of Ellis fills Flyers’ GM Chuck Fletcher’s need for a right-handed defenseman on the top blueline pairing.
While he was surprised by the trade, Ellis looks forward to “competing with the guys” and doing “whatever it takes to help [the] team win.” Ellis comes both with great offensive and defensive abilities, producing 75 goals and 270 points in 562 career games. However, this trade produced a net increase to the Flyers’ cap spending of $3,700,000, and with RFAs Travis Sanheim and Carter Hart left to be signed, this meant that the Flyers would probably need to shed a bit of salary.
Surely enough, Shayne Gostisbehere would become the odd man out. Pleased with defensemen Ivan Provorov, Justin Braun, and others, Fletcher was able to shed Gostisbehere’s $4,500,000 cap hit to the Arizona Coyotes at the cost of a 2022 2nd round pick and a 2022 7th round pick.
Shortly thereafter, the Flyers were able to make another upgrade on defense, trading away Robert Hägg, their 2021 1st round pick, and a 2023 2nd round pick for Buffalo Sabres’ stud defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen. With the move, the Flyers add 46 goals and 245 points in 542 career games and the Flyers’ defense could be seen as one of the best squads in the league. This is certainly needed in order to help support their up-and-coming starter in Hart.
Voracek for Atkinson: The Flyers’ final move up to this point came when the team sent left-shot winger, Jakub Voracek, to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for right-shot winger, Cam Atkinson. While the Flyers may lose some offensive production (Atkinson has 213 goals and 402 points in 627 career games versus Voracek’s 216 goals and 738 points in 968 games), they did gain back $2,375,000 in cap space. At this point, this leaves them about $11,700,000 available to sign Sanheim, Hart, and the remaining spots to fill their roster.