Ellis set to miss 4-6 weeks for the Flyers
Ryan Ellis will not play for the Philadelphia Flyers for at least four to six weeks. The star has an injury on his lower body and will need time to recover. This puts the Flyers in a tough spot as he continues to struggle to return to his old form for the team.
The Flyers have taken a lot of hits in the 2021-22 run, and losing Ryan for a month or more will surely hurt them more. The star did not play in their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. That is the second straight game he missed and the 11th in the past 12 games.
While Ellis does not need surgery, this only means that the star will need some time to take off stress from his injury in the meantime. Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said it was going to take some time and they know that they have to find ways to win and cover up the hole they have on defence.
‘My understanding is they're going to rehab and this is going to look like 4-6 weeks’, the Flyers head coach said. ‘That's what they're thinking about’.
Ellis was landed by the Flyers in a trade from the Nashville Predators. The Preds got Nolan Patrick and Philippe Myers for him. Ryan scored a total of five points off one goal and four dimes while playing 22:48 in ice time in four games.
Ryan played 18:45 in a 5-2 loss to the Dallas Stars, which was his first game after missing nine due to his injury.
‘Everything was fine’, Ellis said. ‘Felt OK. Obviously it's tough when you miss hockey games and jump right back in, especially on a back to back where everyone is pretty tired’.
The Flyers need to tweak their squad and find ways to win with Ryan out. They have to ensure that they can stay alive and keep their playoff hopes on par as well. This should see them grind hard in their games and defend better since they will have one skater out of the play.
Ryan’s absence will impact the way the Flyers will play in their games, and this is a tough challenge for them.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores