You can welcome Luke Schenn to the trade rumor mill, too
Tough times for the Brothers Schenn in Philly.
Yesterday, we welcomed the younger of the two, Brayden, to the trade rumor mill after lukewarm preseason review from GM Ron Hextall.
Today, it’s Luke’s turn.
Per NJ.com, Schenn is considered “a strong candidate to be traded” prior to Philly’s season opener on Oct. 8, with Hextall admitting he’s been both making and fielding trade discussions.
“Guys call and I call and you end up seeing what works out,” Hextall said. “You’re always looking to better your team.”
In the cases of both Schenns, trades make plenty of sense.
Brayden has spent all of the preseason on a “fifth” forward line with AHLers Scott Laughton and Chris Porter. Last month, Hextall shot down the idea of extending Brayden -- who is heading into the final year of his deal, and will go restricted in July -- and the Flyers do have a glut of forwards, with 17 on the active roster.
As for Luke?
He, too, is stuck at a crowded position (while making $3.5M on a team that’s pressed right up against the salary cap ceiling.)
Luke is one of eight Flyers d-men on one-way NHL contracts — Mark Streit, Michael Del Zotto, Andrew MacDonald, Nick Schultz, Evgeni Medvedev, Radko Gudas, and Brandon Manning are the others — with prospects Shayne Gostisbehere and Robert Hagg still in the mix.
What’s more, there could be a market for his services.
One wonders if Boston would be interested, given the B’s will be without veteran d-man Dennis Seidenberg (back) for eight weeks, and lost captain Zdeno Chara to an unspecified upper-body ailment on Thursday evening.