Chuck Fletcher, general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, revealed Thursday that veteran NHL defensive player Ryan Ellis may miss the entire 2022-2023 season with a “multifaceted” back injury that is potentially life-threatening.
Fletcher announced this First day of Flyers training campadding that Ellis’ case is not specific.
“Ryan Ellis will be out indefinitely, and there is no timeline for his return to play,” Fletcher said via NHL.com. “I suspect he will not play this season. If he does, it will be a bonus.”
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Ellis, 31, was traded to Flyers last year after 10 seasons with Nashville Predators But he played only four games before he was ruled out for this season in November with a pelvic injury.
On Thursday, Fletcher said the injury affected his back and abdominal area. When asked if it could threaten his career, Fletcher replied, “Certainly that’s a possibility.”
“I know we may have been vague in describing the injury,” Fletcher explained. “I think we called it multifaceted, and it is.” “There’s a psoas component to this, there’s a hip component, there’s an adduct component. So, I’m not sure if you fix one part, it’s going to fix everything we’re trying to work with. Restore everything, rehabilitate everything.”
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“I’ve never heard of an injury like this. It’s so complicated. A Basua rupture is a very big injury for a hockey player, a very rare injury, so we are doing our best, and we will just leave it up to the medical experts.”
Ellis has 275 points – 76 goals and 199 assists – at 566 NHL regular season matches. He has 38 points in 74 playoffs.
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Fletcher said the veteran defender had shown progress early in the season, but the past two months had shown “no clear signs of progress”.
“It was a frustrating injury. Nobody gets more frustrated than Ryan, nobody wants to play more than Ryan. But we’re dealing with the reality now, and he’s not skating, so obviously he’s still far from playing.”