Whenever you hear trade rumors involving the Flyers, more often than not, you hear people include Brayden and Luke Schenn as part of a package. On the surface, the notion makes sense. One would think that two brothers playing on the same team is a good thing. And one would assume that if the Flyers were to trade one Schenm they would trade them both so they can continue playing together.
Brothers playing on the same team or being traded as part of a package isn’t necessarily a good thing though. The case of Rich and Ron Sutter is a perfect illustration of why this is the case. Of the two brothers, Ron was clearly the better of the two players. Ron was an established NHL player who had a defintive role on the Flyers. Rich was a player who didn’t always know if his name would be in the lineup. As a result, Ron was constantly worried about Rich and it took away from his play. As a result, Rich was traded to the Vancouver Canucks prior to the 1986-87 season to eliminate the distraction that caused his brother Ron to be constantly worrying about him.
Is this the case with Braydon and Luke Schenn? It’s hard to say. No one from the Flyers organization has come out publically and has said this to be the case. And even if it is, you probably won’t hear about it until well after their careers are over.
But there is a similarity when it comes to comparing the case of the Schenn brothers to that of Rich and Ron Sutter. Braydon Schenn, like Ron Sutter is the more established of the Schenn brothers. He played all 82 games last season and netted 18 goals and posted a career high in points with 47. In 2013-14 he scored 20 goals, which in today’s low scoring NHL is no small feat. Has Braydon turned in to the player that everyone thought he would be when the Los Angeles Kings took him with the fifth overall pick in the draft? No. But, he has established himself as an NHL player who will be in the lineup every night.
Luke on the other hand has struggled for most of his career to establish himself as a bonafide NHL player. Even on a bad Toronto team, he was a healthy scratch six times in his final year as a Maple Leaf. At the time, Flyers GM Paul Holgrem gambled that a change of scenary for Luke would revitalize his career. That hasn’t been the case. Luke Schenn has been the model of inconsistentcy since he joined the Flyers. At times he will show flashes of why Toronto picked him with the fifth overall pick in the draft. But, more times than not, Luke has struggled with poor decision making and turnovers. One could make the case that like Ron Sutter did with Rich, Braydon might be distracted by seeing his older brother struggling so much. This might not be the case, but it does show that two brothers playing on the same team isn’t necessarily a good thing.
And finally, putting the Schenn brothers in a package doesn’t necessarily increase their trade value. If the Flyers are trying to trade with a team that needs a center but not a defensman, trying to throw Luke in as part of the deal will do nothing but hurt the Flyers chances of trading Braydon. A trading partner might balk at a deal where they feel as though they are forced to take on a contract they don’t want. Quantity isn’t always quality.
One of the Schenn brothers will be dealt and it will most likely be Luke. The Flyers already have eight defensman signed to NHL contracts. They also need cap relief and trading Luke Schenn and his $3.5 million salary will give the Flyers the cap relief they need. The Schenn brothers being seperated is not a bad thing.