Flyers’ Ryan Ellis likely to miss 2022-23 season with possible career-threatening back injury


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Veteran NHL defenseman Ryan Ellis will likely miss the entire 2022-23 season with a “multifaceted” back injury that could potentially threaten his career, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher revealed Thursday.

Fletcher made the announcement on first day of Flyers training campadding that Ellis’ status is undefined.

Philadelphia Flyers Ryan Ellis (94) attempts to break up a pass against Boston Bruins David Pastrnak (88) at Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2021 in Philadelphia.
(Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

“Ryan Ellis is out indefinitely, no timeline for his return to play,” Fletcher said, via NHL.com. “I guess he won’t play this season. If he does, it will be a bonus.”

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Ellis, 31, was traded to the Flyers last year after 10 seasons with nashville predators, but he only played four games before being ruled out for the season in November with a pelvic injury.

Fletcher said Thursday the injury affects his back and abdominal area. When asked if it could threaten his career, Fletcher replied, “It’s definitely a possibility.”

Ryan Ellis (94) of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates his second period goal against the Seattle Kraken at the Wells Fargo Center on October 18, 2021 in Philadelphia.

Ryan Ellis (94) of the Philadelphia Flyers celebrates his second period goal against the Seattle Kraken at the Wells Fargo Center on October 18, 2021 in Philadelphia.
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“I know we were probably vague in describing the injury. I think we called it multifaceted, which it is,” Fletcher explained. “There’s a psoas component, there’s a hip component, there’s an adductor component. So I’m not sure if you go in and fix one part, it’s going to fix everything that we’re trying to work with. Trying to recover everything, rehabilitate everything.

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“I’ve never heard of an injury like that. It’s very complicated. A psoas tear is a very important injury for a hockey player, a very rare injury, so we do the best we can. we can, and we will go, it’s up to the medical experts.”

Ellis has 275 points – 76 goals and 199 assists – in 566 NHL regular season games. He has 38 points in 74 playoff games.

Ryan Ellis of the Philadelphia Flyers watches against the Boston Bruins at Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2021 in Philadelphia.

Ryan Ellis of the Philadelphia Flyers watches against the Boston Bruins at Wells Fargo Center on October 20, 2021 in Philadelphia.
(Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Fletcher said the veteran defenseman made progress early in the offseason, but the past two months have shown no “visible signs of progress.”

“It’s been a frustrating injury. No one is more frustrated than Ryan, no one wants to play more than Ryan. But we’re facing reality now, and he’s not skating, so clearly he’s a long way off. to play.”


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