Ilya Mikheyev Posted October 2, 2015 Share Posted October 2, 2015 Speculation is brewing in Philadelphia over possible moves by the Flyers to shed salary and free up a roster spot for an affordable young player before the start of the upcoming season. The Flyers currently have just over $583K in salary-cap space, giving them no wiggle room to promote a deserving prospect. CSNPhilly.com’s Greg Paone reports defenseman Luke Schenn seems the most likely to move. The 25-year-old has one season remaining on his contract worth $3.35 million. NJ.com’s Randy Miller claims the Flyers tried dumping Schenn’s $3.6-million cap hit for the past two years. He speculates they might get a third-round pick in return. NBC Sports’ Mike Halford, meanwhile, speculates Luke’s brother Brayden could become a trade candidate. He cites a report noting GM Ron Hextall’s tepid analysis of the 24-year-old winger’s performance (“Brayden’s been OK,” said Hextall in a recent media scrum) which suggested the younger Schenn might not fit into the Flyers long-term plans. Brayden is slated to become a restricted free agent next summer. Halford pointed out Hextall declined to offer the winger a contract extension after locking up Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek to long-term deals. A versatile forward who can play center or wing, Brayden enters 2015-16 with two straight 40-plus point performances on his resume. Of the Schenn brothers, Brayden could have the most value but moving him could effect their scoring depth, whereas the Flyers defensive depth suggests Luke would be the more likely trade candidate. The Boston Bruins could be a trade partner, as they’re in need of depth after losing Dennis Seidenberg for two months following recent back surgery. Philly.com’s Sam Carchidi also reports Hextall is trying to move Luke Schenn, as well as veteran forwards Vincent Lecavalier and R.J. Umberger. With Lecavalier and Umberger now in their mid-thirties and each carrying contracts with over $4-million cap hits, it’s unlikely the Flyers GM will find takers for those two. - THN Dreger on Brayden: His name has been kind of on and off the trade list over the past season, maybe two seasons. I would think that Hakstol would want to get a real good look at him, and see what he has. I mean, that’s the arrogance of coaching, isn’t it, regardless if you have NHL experience. You come in and think that you’re the guy to come in and push the right buttons to make every player go.“But, having said that, Schenn’s name is out there. There’s no doubt about that. I know the St. Louis Blues, as example – we’re going to talk about this a bit on in Insider Trading tonight – there’s a team that’s looking for a top 9 forward. Schenn makes some sense, but he makes a lot of money and he might be too expensive for the St. Louis Blues and a lot of other teams.“But at least as far as media circles go, Brayden Schenn – his name is out there. But again, it’s so early, it’s really tough to find any traction with one specific team.” Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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