The Schenn on-ice family reunion has been postponed, courtesy of Donald Fehr, Gary Bettman and the NHL lockout.
But that hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of brothers Luke and Brayden, who continue to champ at the bit at the prospect of taking the ice as teammates for the Philadelphia Flyers.
A year after the younger Brayden was shipped to the Flyers by Los Angeles as part of the deal that sent Mike Richards to the Kings, older sibling Luke was also dealt to Philly, much to the glee of the entire Schenn clan.
A former first round pick of the Maple Leafs, Luke Schenn heard Toronto GM Brian Burke say over and over he would not trade the rugged defenceman. Yet, back in June, Burke finally caved and pulled the trigger, swapping Luke for 6-foot-3 forward James Van Riemsdyk.
Unfortunately, the NHL’s ugly work stoppage has put the Philly debut of the Schenns on hold. Instead, Brayden is bound for Adirondack of the AHL while Luke, according to Brayden, is “still weighing his options.”
Either way, the labour disruption has not diminished the excitement of the brothers moving forward. Far from it.
“Ya, it’s been delayed, but we’re still looking forward to playing together,” Brayden said in a phone interview from Saskatchewan. “It’s going to be so cool. We’re very tight.
“The last few years I’ve pretty much gone eight or nine months without seeing him. I’m not going to be used to seeing him every day during the hockey season.”