Updates on the Schenn brothers and the Flames goaltending.
Schenn brothers available?
TSN: Darren Dreger recently reported there are NHL teams that believe Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn and defenseman Luke Schenn could be available via trade. He claims there’s been discussions with teams involving Brayden, though it’s difficult to determine if that means rival GMs are making inquiries or if Schenn is being shopped. Citing the Flyers depth at center, Dreger suggests there doesn’t appear to be room for Brayden. At this point, Dreger claims nothing’s imminent involving the Schenns.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the Schenns, Brayden has the most trade value, but I think moving him now could hurt the Flyers offensive depth. He can play on the wing and it appears he’s penciled in at left wing alongside center Sean Couturier and right wing Wayne Simmonds on their second line.
It’s believed Flyers management wants to make room for one of their promising young defensemen, which explains why Luke, who’s a UFA next July and carries a $3.6 million cap hit this season, is popping up in the rumor mill. However, the 25-year-old’s cap hit is pricey for a number of NHL clubs at this point in the season.
Update on the Flames goaltending.
CALGARY SUN: Wes Gilbertson reports the Flames are still carrying three goaltenders with the start of the regular season just two days away. Jonas Hiller, Karri Ramo and Joni Ortio are all on one-way contract and must clear waivers before being demoted. If none of them hit the waiver wire today, the status of the Flames goaltending will remain a constant storyline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see how this is addressed. Ramo appears to have the starter’s job sewn up so he’s obviously not going anywhere. Ortio has promise so the Flames won’t want to risk exposing him to the waiver wire. That leaves Hiller as the obvious candidate, but do the Flames really want to have the bulk of his $4.5 million salary riding the buses in the AHL? Don’t be surprised if the Flames carry all three to start the season in hopes of moving one of them (likely Hiller) via trade.