You hear rumors the Flyers have interest in trading center Brayden Schenn and you hope that’s all they are. Because if there’s any fire behind this particular puff of smoke, Philadelphia fans will be entirely justified in throwing their jerseys upon the pyre.
Unless Sidney Crosby or Jonathan Toews is coming back the other way, anything more than the cursory entertainment and quick rejection of a Schenn deal by Paul Holmgren – especially with the radiation of the James van Riemsdyk/Luke Schenn transaction still fresh – is grounds for the Flyers GM’s immediate dismissal and leads to important questions. Questions such as:
1. You want to trade Brayden Schenn?
2. Flyers’ leading scorer Brayden Schenn?
3. Twenty-two-year-old Brayden Schenn?
4. Brayden Schenn?
5. When did the Flyers hurt you, and why do you feel the need for revenge?
Dealing Brayden Schenn would do little other than underscore the Flyers’ reputation as the NHL’s speed-dating franchise. If they trade him for an older veteran, they’re selling themselves short down the line; if they move him for other prospects or draft picks, they’re asking fans to demonstrate even more patience than they’re demonstrated to this point.
The Flyers have improved since hitting rock bottom against Washington Nov. 1. Why would they want to mess with that? Why would they want to send the disturbing message to all the team’s young players that making long-term plans in Philly is a fool’s errand?
Beats me. And should beat anyone looking at this reasonably.
You want to trade Brayden Schenn? You may not be out of your mind all the time, but there is evidence some sort of timeshare is going on.
This post was edited to remove inaccurate information.