Ryan Ellis Injury
The news around defenseman Ryan Ellis is seemingly getting worse and worse. He hasn’t played since October 20th and been shut down for the rest of the week as he didn’t join the team on their two-game road trip to Pittsburgh and Washington. He did accompany the team to their Western Canada road trip but didn’t play and AV admitted that his healing process has not come along as well as the were hoping.
Some are starting to lose their patience with Ellis, but missing time with injury was part of the reputation when he was acquired. Ellis only played one full 82-game season in his career. With any luck he’ll get the injury bug out of the way now and will be good to go for the rest of the season, but just get ready to buckle up in the case that Ellis only plays 50-60 total games this season.
Hayes and Allison on the Horizon
Other than Ellis, there is finally some decent signs for the Flyers on the injury front! Kevin Hayes, who has been skating before practice for the last few weeks, will be cleared to come off LTIR starting on Novemeber 10, next Wednesday. Now, that doesn’t mean he will or is ready to, but we are getting close to Hayes returning to the lineup, which will be an added bonus for a depleted center corps.
Elsewhere, Wade Allison, who has been out since rookie camp with a high ankle sprain, staked for the first time on Wednesday before practice. There’s a good chance his return isn’t particularly close, but it’s a step in the right direction that he is back on the ice.
Samuel Morin, who is recovering from knee surgery, has not started skating yet.
Amanda Leveille Re-Signs with Whitecaps
Just days before the PHF season is set to begin, reigning goaltender of the year Amanda Leveille re-signs with the Minnesota Whitecaps. It’s a huge return for the Whitecaps, who have relied in Leveille for three seasons now. She is a two-time NWHL goaltender of the year and has won two Isobel Cups, one with Buffalo and one in Minnesota. She also owns the records for most wins for a goaltender in NWHL/PHF history.
This announcement also comes the same day the franchise signed former Penn State goaltender Jenna Brenneman.
Hart’s Third Shutout
Carter Hart recorded 29 of 29 saves during Tuesday’s game with the Coyotes. It was his third career shutout and it puts him in a six-way tie for 23rd place in Flyers history. Shutout number four will jump him into 16th place.
It also bumps his stats to 3-2-1 on the season with a 2.41 goals against average and .926 save percentage. Even though it’s only seven games, those numbers easily top his previous career best over a full season. Needless to say Carter Hart is back.
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By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)