Thursday was the first day the Philadelphia Flyers were on the ice during training camp, and with that we got a little update from our old friend Chuck Fletcher about some of the current injured players on the roster.
According to Fletcher, center Sean Couturier is optimistic about his current back injury and is generally feeling better than when he was injured last year. There is still no timeline available on the Flyers’ top striker, but his official status is still week to week.
And to add even more doom and gloom, it turns out that Ryan Ellis’ career may just be over at the age of 31.
Fletcher says it’s far too premature to say whether this is season-ending or career-ending for Couturier. Says Couturier is feeling better than last year. They are optimistic and can be resolved.
However, he does acknowledge that Ryan Ellis’s problem could be the end of his career.
— Charlie O’Connor (@charlieo_conn) September 22, 2022
Ellis has not played in a professional hockey game since November 13, 2021 due to a problem in his pelvic region and has only appeared in four games in total for the Flyers since they were taken over by them last summer. During his time in Nashville, of course, there were injury issues — Ellis played in about half of the Predators games in his last two seasons there — but there was nothing to indicate that it this one poor.Read:Browns’ Garrett injured in one-car accident, status unknown
If Ellis really is done for good, it means one of the best defenders of his generation when it comes to underlying numbers and ability to control the game is suddenly gone. If it were even relatively healthy, this Flyers season would look very different from what it probably will be. Now there will be a lot of Rasmus Ristolinen and Tony DeAngelo in the top four, while we hope that a youngster like Cam York or Egor Zamula can get us a little excited about the prospects of the future Philadelphia Blue Line.Read:On Myles Garrett and booing, Nick Chubb and scoring, the players-only meeting and more: Mary Kay Cabot’s Browns takes
By 11 years in the NHL, the Hamilton, Ont. native appeared in 566 games, scoring 76 goals and 275 points.