NHL: Flyers Ryan Ellis ‘doubtful’ to start season, Isles happy with offseason, and more

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The news continues not to be great regarding Philadelphia Flyers injured defenseman Ryan Ellis. New head coach John Tortorella said he wasn’t expecting the veteran to be ready when the new season kicks off in October.

“I’ve had several conversations with Ryan Ellis as far as how he’s doing,” Tortorella said Monday, per NHL.com. “That’s been an up and down process for him. He’s doing everything he possibly can to get ready for camp, (but) I’m doubtful that’s going to happen.”

Ryan Ellis still battling injuries

Ellis, 31, was only able to play in 4 games last season and posted just 5 points. His last game came on November 13 when then head coach, Alain Vigneault believed he would only be out another 4 to 6 weeks with a lower body injury.

According to Tortorella, this is a “complex” that impacts his entire “pelvic region.”

“To have an injury like he has, miss training camp, and then be ready for regular season, I think it’s going to take some time,” Tortorella added. “I don’t want to speak for Ryan, I haven’t spoken to him in a few weeks. But I know it was up and down as far as just what he’s doing right now trying to get himself ready.”

The Flyers acquired Ellis from the Nashville Predators in July of 2021 with plans to give him a top-four defenseman role. He is entering the fourth season of an eight-year contract originally signed with Nashville, carrying an average annual value of $6.25 million.

In 566 career games, 562 with the Predators, Ellis has tallied 275 points (76 goals, 199 assists). He put up one goal and four assists for Philadelphia in his brief appearance pre-injury.

Islanders Lou Lamoriello happy with offseason

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Apr 12, 2022; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson (8) skates with the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the second period at UBS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports

This has been some offseason for the New York Islanders, who shockingly dismissed Barry Trotz after missing the playoffs in 2021-22.

In a summer where may anticipated the Islanders to be players on big name free agents or possibly involved in trades, it’s been a dud.

Yesterday, the Islanders signed three of their own RFA’s in Noah Dobson, Alexander Romanov, and Kieffer Bellows. GM Lou Lamoriello addressed the media and gave this outlook for next season.

“There’s no disappointment [with] where we’re at because we feel very good about where we are, or we would have made drastic changes last year if we didn’t feel good about the group we have or what we’re capable of doing,” the Islanders general manager said. “I say that with comfortability. I say that with confidence. I’m looking forward to getting back at it and maybe proving everybody wrong.” 

Lou Lamoriello via NY POST

The Isles finished fifth in the Metropolitan Division last season with a 37-35-10 record. Assistant coach Lane Lambert was promoted to succeed Trotz in May.

Winter Classic Update

The Boston Bruins will host the Pittsburgh Penguins for the 2023 Winter Classic at Fenway Park.

This is officially the third Winter Classic for the Pens, who played in the inaugural game against the Buffalo Sabres in Orchard Park, N.Y. That game, played on Jan. 1, 2008, marked the NHL beginning its tradition of hosting an outdoor game to start the new calendar year.

It will be the fifth NHL regular-season outdoor game for the Bruins and the second time the Winter Classic has been played at Fenway Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox. The Bruins defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime on Jan. 1, 2010, to win the third Winter Classic.

Per NHL.com:

he NHL® announced today that limited tickets to the 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic® between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Boston Bruins at Fenway Park, home of Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox, will go on sale to the public on Wednesday. The 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic® will start at 2 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 2 and will be televised on TNT, Sportsnet, and TVA Sports.

Limited tickets to the 2023 Discover NHL Winter Classic® go on sale Wednesday, August 24 at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster, the official ticketing partner of the NHL®. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Ticketmaster is the only official marketplace of the NHL, providing fans with the peace of mind in knowing the seats they buy on Ticketmaster.com and the Ticketmaster app are the seats they’ll get.

–Field Level Media contributed to this article