The Ryan Ellis trade is a great piece of business for the Flyers

Fourteen years ago, also over the summer (in what would turn out to be a very busy offseason for the Flyers), a trade was made by the Flyers for a veteran Nashville Predators defenseman. For the shrewd price of only a first round pick (who would turn out to be Jonathon Blum, who only played 110 NHL games), the Flyers acquired a defenseman who would become a franchise icon, and who would help lead them all the way to multiple Eastern Conference Finals appearances, and even to a Stanley Cup Final. Of course, the player in question is Kimmo Timonen.

The Flyers will certainly be hoping that their newly acquired defenseman and another former Predator, Ryan Ellis, will have a similar if not greater impact on this hockey club. Better yet, one can even argue the price paid for his services is even shrewder.

Flyers General Manager Chuck Fletcher didn’t even have to part ways with any draft picks in this eventual three-team deal. Ryan Ellis moves to the…

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