Flyers’ Ryan Ellis is expected to miss the 2022-23 season due to a career-threatening injury

Voorhees, NJ – Ryan Ellis is expected to miss the entire 2022-23 season at the Flyers as he continues to battle a multilayered injury to the pelvic area.

General manager Chuck Fletcher has not ruled out that Ellis’ injury could be the end of his career.

“Of course, that’s a possibility,” he said Thursday at the start of the Flyers training camp.

“I will just say that my assumption is that he will not play this season. If he does, it will be a bonus. This is how we prepared this off season by adding the additions we made on the Blue Line.”

The defending duo was forced out of all but four matches last season, his first for the Flyers. He was the club’s premier off-season addition last summer. In an effort to fill the Flyers gap in the top defensive pair, Fletcher captured Ellis Trade with predators.

At his end-of-season press conference in April, Ellis expressed optimism Finally understanding the exact nature of the injury and defining a rehabilitation plan for his return this season. Recovery hit roadblocks in July, When the 31-year-old was scheduled to step up.

“Rehabilitation, there have been tides,” Fletcher said. “I think he made progress earlier in the summer. I would say in the last couple of months, there haven’t been any clear signs of progress. It was a frustrating injury. Nobody is more frustrated than Ryan. Nobody wants to play more than Ryan. But we are dealing With the reality now. He’s not skating, so he’s obviously far from playing.”

Currently, surgery does not appear to be a viable option due to the complexity of the injury.

“I know we may have been vague in describing the injury,” Fletcher said. “I think we called it multifaceted, and it is.” “There’s a back muscle (psoas) component to this, there’s the hip component, there’s the abducted component. So I’m not sure if you’re going to go in and fix one part, it’ll fix everything.

“We’re trying to work with trying to get everything back, rehabilitating everything. I’ve never heard of an injury like this, it’s so complicated. A lumbar tear is a very serious injury for a hockey player, and it’s a very rare injury. .We are doing our best and we’ll leave it to the medical experts.” .

Fletcher said putting Ellis on an injured reserve for a long time is an option for pilots. They will have that decision towards the end of pre-season or early in the regular season.

This summer, the Flyers were traded for Tony DeAngelo, who is expected to be the new partner of Ivan Provorov. They have also brought back Justin Brown in free agency to strengthen their third husband.

Ellis sustained the injury in last year’s Flyers Final on October 8. He said it was so An injury he had never dealt with before. He was able to play the first three games of the regular season for the Flyers before realizing he had to go out. After losing nine games, Ellis struggled with the offense on his return to the squad in November. It turned out to be his last game of the season.

Ellis and the Flyers hope it won’t be the last game of his career in the National Hockey League.

“Very disappointing for him,” Fletcher said. “I don’t think he ever expected to be traded from Nashville, I think he thought he was going to be a predator forever. He got over the initial shock from his trade, he came here, he was a great teammate, they took Ivan Provorov under his wing, frankly they ate Breakfast and lunch together every day, and they were inseparable trying to build that chemistry.

“He was so excited to start the season. When he played, he played well. Nobody wants to play more than Ryan Ellis. I know people in this market haven’t had much of a chance to see him, but one of the top competitors, a very good player, it’s been tough. Very on Ryan as a human, trying to get fit and trying to be a part of what we build here and play with.

“Hope for the best. Things can turn quickly as we’ve seen for good and bad. We’ll still hope.”

Carter described Hart Ellis as an “unrealistic defensive man” and a “huge loss” if he is unable to play this season. Ellis was able to put together a team recently at the home of Nicolas Deslauriers.

“It was great to see him there, we haven’t seen him in a while,” Hart said. “It was good to see him and his family with him, and his spirits were good.”

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