Flyers: Ellis will likely have to skip 2022-23 season


VOORHEES, NJ- The Philadelphia Flyers will likely be without Ryan Ellis for the entire season. The defender is struggling with a back injury.

 » Ryan Ellis is out indefinitely and there is no set date for his return to play, general manager Chuck Fletcher said Thursday. My guess is that he won’t play this season. If he plays, it will be a bonus. »

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Fletcher said the injury also affects his abdominal area, and surgery doesn’t seem like an option.

“I know we may have been vague on the description of the injury. I think we said she was touching multiple parts of her body, which is the case, the DG said. It affects the psoas muscle, the hip and the adductors. So I’m not sure that operating one of the regions solves all the problems. I had never heard of an injury like this. It’s very complicated. A torn psoas muscle is a serious injury for a hockey player, a very rare injury. We’ll stick to the medical experts. »

When asked if this situation could threaten Ellis’ career, Fletcher replied, « It’s definitely a possibility. »

The Flyers acquired Ellis in a trade with the Nashville Predators on July 17, 2021 in hopes of seeing him play with Ivan Provorov on the first defensive pair. But Ellis has only played four games, his last being on November 13.

« There were ups and downs in his rehab, » Fletcher said. I think he made progress at the start of the summer. But I would say that there have been no signs of progress in the last two months. It’s a frustrating injury. No one is more frustrated than Ryan, no one wants to play as much as Ryan. But we are dealing with reality right now. He’s not skating so he’s a long way from a return to play. »

A second opinion for Couturier

The center Sean Couturierwho is assessed weekly for an upper body injury, will meet with a specialist on Thursday to get a second opinion on his injury, Fletcher said.

The 29-year-old forward underwent season-ending back surgery on February 11. He had mentioned on September 12 that he was healthy and ready to start training camp. But since then he has started feeling more pain than usual.

It is not known, however, if Couturier’s current discomfort is related to his operation.

« I know it’s in the same area as the last injury, » Fletcher said. I know he followed the recommendations of doctors and our medical staff. I know there has been some improvement over the summer, but he gets nerve irritation in his buttocks from time to time. He was told it was normal. He continued to train and at some point over the last week things deteriorated to the point where he couldn’t sleep due to the pain.

“What is causing this? I do not know. Did he aggravate his injury? Was it because he hadn’t fully recovered? I do not know. It’s a delicate wound. »

the attacker Joel Farabeewho underwent an artificial disc replacement on June 24, was on the ice for the first day of training camp, but was wearing a no-contact jersey.

Farabee scored 17 goals in 63 games last season, ranking fourth on the Flyers.

« I feel really good, » he said. I speak frequently with my doctor and the people here. I cannot confirm when I will be able to get the green light, but right now I feel very good. »

the attacker Patrick Brown had back surgery during the off-season and is being assessed on a weekly basis.

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