Trade to Flyers a shock to Schenn
SASKATOON — Brayden Schenn didn’t expect to be traded Thursday — especially for one of his hockey idols.
In a surprise move, the Los Angeles Kings dealt Schenn and fellow forward Wayne Simmonds to the Philadelphia Flyers for Mike Richards, a hard-working centre who helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
“That’s the player I tried to pattern my game after,” said Schenn, who played most of last season with his hometown Saskatoon Blades in the Western Hockey.
“It’s pretty flattering for me and Simmonds to get traded for a guy like that, especially because he was Philly’s captain. Now I just have to go out there and try to prove myself. It’s exciting to get traded, but I’ve got a lot of work to do now.”
Schenn expected to spend Thursday helping out Kings forward Jarret Stoll, who hosts an annual charity golf tournament in Saskatoon. But before the afternoon autograph session started, Schenn was no longer a King. Schenn’s agent, Craig Oster, delivered the news by phone.
“It’s a huge surprise,” Schenn said. “My brother (Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Luke Schenn) and I got out of the gym around noon and we kind of answered the call together because we were on the Bluetooth. Our jaws dropped together. It’s a shock but I’m really happy to be a part of the Philly organization.”
Schenn, drafted fifth overall by the Kings in the 2009 NHL entry draft, collected 57 points (22 goals and 35 assists) in 29 WHL games last season. He also starred for Canada at the 2011 IIHF world junior hockey championship, scoring eight goals and 10 assists in seven games.
The deal involving Schenn was the second blockbuster move of the day for the Flyers, who earlier traded Jeff Carter to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Jakub Voracek, plus first- and third-round draft picks.
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