To add fuel to the fire that is the end of the Philadelphia Flyers season, they were notified by the Department of Player Safety on Tuesday that forward Brayden Schenn will miss the first three games of the 2016-17 season.
Schenn, who had a breakout season with 26 goals and 59 points, was one of Philadelphia’s most effective forwards in their six-game series against the Washington Capitals. The suspension is the result of charging Capitals forward T.J. Oshie in Game 6.
(1/2) Philadelphia's Brayden Schenn suspended 3 games for charging Washington's T.J. Oshie. Video: https://t.co/b9bVwMOESN
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 26, 2016
What’s Next For Schenn?
Not only will Schenn miss the first three games of next season but he’ll also be entering the summer as a restricted free agent come July 1. It’s almost a certainty that Schenn will return, as both parties have mutually expressed interest.
It will be up to general manager Ron Hextall and the Schenn camp to come up with a fair-termed deal and dollar amount for the 24-year old. Schenn had been a decent player up to this season for Philadelphia.
Often showing signs of what made him a fifth overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, he tended to lack consistency, as most young players do.
Hextall and head coach Dave Hakstol wanted to see Schenn take strides this year as a player that asserted himself as a core member of the team. He certainly has done that, and will earn himself a contract that reflects it.
Schenn, not surprise, intimated that 1-yr contract (arbitration or short-term compromise) not what he wants.
— Bill Meltzer (@billmeltzer) April 26, 2016