Chuck Fletcher said the Flyers "certainly were not looking to move" Philippe Myers or Nolan Patrick.
But to negotiate and land a deal for a top-pair, righty-shot defenseman, a team must utilize its depth and make a calculated decision.
"You have to give to get," the Flyers' general manager said Saturday night.
The Flyers addressed their biggest hole — one that was as gaping as it was costly last season — by trading for Ryan Ellis, a 30-year-old, all-situation blueliner. To pull off the deal, Fletcher sent the 24-year-old Myers and 22-year-old Patrick to the Predators. Nashville general manager David Poile then moved Patrick to the Golden Knights for Cody Glass.
The Flyers' crucial offseason was in the starting blocks and just took off.
"It was very difficult," Fletcher said of the decision to part ways with Myers and Patrick. "David Poile, give him credit, he wanted to add some younger, quality pieces to his roster. We went back and forth for a while, various scenarios and this is what we settled on. Phil Myers is a young man who is going to be a real good defenseman in this league for a long time. And I still believe in Patty. Last year I thought was a step forward for him in terms of his health and getting back on the ice. I think the production will come and the confidence will come as he continues in his career."
The trade came just a couple of hours before Fletcher and company had to submit the club's protection list for the expansion draft Wednesday night, when the Kraken will build their first-ever roster. Both Myers and Patrick were expected to be protected by the Flyers. Now, the Flyers have the opportunity to protect James van Riemsdyk if they so choose to. The Flyers' protection list will be released Sunday.