If you believe the words of TSN Insider Darren Dreger, and Sportsnet‘s Nick Kypreos, the Philadelphia Flyers are actively shopping 22-year-old centre Brayden Schenn in trade talks with unnamed NHL clubs.
In his segment called “Insider Trading”, Dreger told a national Canadian television audience:
“If there is the right deal available, if they can find the right fit, then absolutely they would include Brayden Schenn in a trade scenario.”
Schenn’s 6 goals and 7 assists see him tops in Flyers scoring this season. However, despite his team-leading scoring supremacy, the club is reportedly willing to bid him farewell for the right return. This from an organization that has a habit of impatiently dealing away young players with a wealth of promise and potential.
Over the last ten years many a noteworthy name has been prematurely pushed out of the Flyers organization only to become a success elsewhere in the NHL. The Orange & Black let Patrick Sharp and Justin Williams escape early, to name a few.
Sharp was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2005 for a package of assets (Eric Meloche, Matt Ellison, and a 3rd round pick in 06′ that became Ryan White) that never materialized into NHL calibre players. He went on to win two Stanley Cups with the Hawks, enjoying an All-Star game appearance in 2011, and six straight 20-plus goal seasons before the lockout of 2013.
After a couple promising seasons, the Flyers dealt Williams to the Carolina Hurricanes on January 20, 2004, for rugged defenceman Danil Markov (who hasn’t played in the NHL since 2007). Williams is a two-time Stanley Cup winner like Sharp, and major contributor on his championship teams, too.
The Ex-Flyer hopeful amassed 18 points in 25 games en route to a Cup title with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. Several years later, as a member of the Los Angeles Kings alongside former Flyers’ Mike Richards (traded for Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and a 2nd round pick in 2011) and Jeff Carter, Williams compiled 15 points in a dominant 20-game Cup run.
The asking price for Brayden Schenn?
.@TSNBobMcKenzie – Flyers want to get a really good D if they deal Brayden Schenn or Couturier
— TSN 1050 Toronto (@TSN1050Radio) November 20, 2013
As for Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, here is what he had to say about Schenn’s availability and a possible trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs:
Kypreos also says leafs looking at Brayden Schenn with Flyers but would cost them Jake Gardiner.
— Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) November 19, 2013