Ellis was traded by Nashville to Philadelphia in exchange for Philippe Myers and Nolan Patrick on Saturday. Patrick was subsequently traded to Vegas in exchange for Cody Glass, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. The Flyers were in desperate need of a top-pairing defenseman, and they've acquired just that in Ellis. The 30-year-old blueliner has been excellent for the Predators over the past five seasons, posting 45 goals, 167 points, 588 shots, 231 hits, 534 blocked shots and a plus-81 rating while averaging 23:46 of ice time in 281 appearances. He'll get a boatload of ice time at even strength with Philadelphia and should also be a strong contributor on one of the team's power-play units.
Ellis posted an assist, three shots on goal, two blocked shots and two PIM in Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Hurricanes in Game 6. Ellis set up Mikael Granlund's tally at 1:13 of the second period. The 30-year-old Ellis was a strong scoring option from the blue line with a goal and four helpers in six games. He added 13 shots on net, 14 blocked shots and a minus-1 rating in a top-four role.
Ellis posted an assist in a 4-3 double-overtime win over the Hurricanes for Game 4 on Sunday. Ellis is posing quite the challenge for the 'Canes in this opening series, as the 30-year-old already has one goal and three assists. Listed at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, Ellis overcomes his relatively small stature due to his hockey smarts, quickness and expending a ton of energy.
Ellis posted an assist, three shots on goal, three blocked shots and two hits in Monday's 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes in Game 1. Ellis earned the secondary assist on Filip Forsberg's first-period goal. The 30-year-old Ellis ended the regular season with nine points in his last 14 games, giving him some momentum ahead of the playoffs. He had 18 points in 35 contests overall in the regular season. The Ontario native is likely to work in a top-four role during the postseason, which should lend him opportunities to get involved on offense like he did Monday.
Ellis is expected to be a healthy scratch for Monday's tilt with the Hurricanes, NHL.com reports. Ellis is one of several regular skaters that Nashville will rest Monday as the team is already locked into a playoff spot. The 30-year-old blueliner ends the season with 18 points and 63 blocked shots in 35 games.
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