Ryan Ellis was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers by the Nashville Predators on Saturday.
Nashville received defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Nolan Patrick, who was then traded to the Vegas Golden Knights for forward Cody Glass.
Ellis, a 30-year-old defenseman, has six seasons remaining on an eight-year, $50 million contract ($6.25 million average annual value) he signed with Nashville on Aug. 14, 2018. He scored 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 35 regular-season games and five points (one goal, four assists) in six Stanley Cup Playoff games this season.
“Pretty shocked,” Ellis said. “To be honest, [the trade] just happened, haven’t really thought too far ahead. I don’t even know what to say. Just found out an hour ago. Winning is important, that’s the business we’re in, so just to win.
“I spent my whole career in Nashville. You’re well-aware of the payers on the [Flyers] and the talent they have. But they’re in the East and [the Predators are] in the West. Don’t really see them a whole lot. Everything’s going to be new for me.”
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Selected by the Predators in the first round (No. 11) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Ellis has scored 270 points (75 goals, 195 assists) in 562 regular-season games and 38 points (seven goals, 31 assists) in 74 playoff games.
Nashville was unlikely to protect Ellis from the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft presented by Upper Deck, which will be held July 21 (8 p.m. ET; ESPN2, SN, SN NOW).
“Obviously, there’s a lot going on in the next few days with the expansion and everything,” Ellis said. “I’ve never been traded before but overall just surprised, shocked, but at the same time excited at a new challenge, new chapter.”
Each NHL team can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goalie. Any player who has a no-move clause must agree to waive it to be exposed. The deadline for teams to submit protected lists is Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.
Patrick can become a restricted free agent July 28. The 22-year-old scored nine points (four goals, five assists) in 52 games with the Flyers this season. Patrick did not play in 2019-20 because of a migraine disorder.
Selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, Patrick has scored 70 points (30 goals, 40 assists) in 197 regular-season games and two points (one goal, one assist) in six playoff games.
Myers has two seasons remaining on a three-year, $7.65 million contract ($2.55 million average annual value) he signed with Philadelphia on Dec. 8. The 24-year-old scored 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in 44 games this season.
Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia on Sept. 21, 2015, Myers has scored 29 points (six goals, 23 assists) in 115 regular-season games and four points (three goals, one assist) in 16 playoff games.
Glass, a 22-year-old center, has one season remaining on a five-year contract he signed with the Golden Knights on July 15, 2017. He scored 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 27 games this season.
Selected by Vegas in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft (No. 6), Glass has scored 22 points (nine goals, 13 assists) in 66 regular-season games and no points in one playoff game.
“We felt it was time for a change to our core this offseason, and we are really excited to add an influx of youth, size and skill into the lineup with these additions,” Predators general manager David Poile said. “Cody Glass is a former sixth-overall pick that we think has a high ceiling as a center prospect, and Philippe Myers is a 6-foot-5 defenseman that adds an element that we do not currently have on our back end.
“At the same time, we will miss Ryan Ellis‘ leadership, dedication and work ethic in our locker room. We drafted Ryan in 2009, and over the last decade-plus he helped lead our franchise through its most competitive era, spending the last four seasons as Associate Captain. We wish Ryan and his family all the best in Philadelphia and thank him for all he did during his time with the Predators.”