With news that former defenseman Ryan Ellis will likely retire because of a torn psoas muscle in his back, it’s safe to declare the Nashville Predators winners of the July 2021 trade that sent the 32-year-old defenseman to the Philadelphia Flyers and brought center Cody Glass to Nashville.
Since the trade
Cody Glass (Nashville): 14 goals and 36 points in 80 games
Philippe Myers (Nashville): one goal and four points with a +5 rating in 27 games
Ryan Ellis (Philadelphia): one goal and five points in four games
Nolan Patrick (Vegas): two goals and seven points in 25 games
Glass earned himself a second contract with the Predators, re-signing for two years and $5 million during the offseason. He’s expected to play a top-six role for the Predators in 2023.
Myers was underwhelming during his brief stint with the Predators and was subsequently traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning along with forward Grant Mismash for defenseman Ryan McDonagh last July.
Patrick missed 57 games during the 2021-22 season with an upper-body injury and a concussion and he missed all of the 2022-23 season. He was not given a qualifying offer from Vegas and is an unrestricted free agent.
Predators center Tommy Novak is having a strong summer in Da Beauty League, a summer hockey league for NHL players comprised of four-person teams that play at Braemar Arena in Edina, Minnesota.
Novak, who had the third-most points on the Predators last season (43), has tallied six goals and nine points for Tria, which is tied at the top of the league standings with six points through five games. His latest goal was one for the highlight reel.
Around the NHL and National Hockey Now
Boston Hockey Now: Before signing a one-year, $1 million deal to return to the Bruins, Chicago and Toronto made a push to sign forward Milan Lucic.
Chicago Hockey Now: The Blackhawks have stockpiled quite the stable of prospects — one that’s arguably the deepest in the NHL.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Penguins director of hockey operations Kyle Dubas finally named a general manager: himself.
Vegas Hockey Now: While the Golden Knights may have come out on the wrong end of the Glass-for-Patrick swap, they executed quite a few successful trades that helped them win their first-ever Stanley Cup in June.
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