Friedman: Calgary Flames “believed to be in on” Luke Schenn with Chris Tanev banged up
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By Mike Gould1 month ago
The Calgary Flames are among the teams interested in Vancouver Canucks defenceman Luke Schenn leading up to the trade deadline, according to a report by Elliotte Friedman.
The Sportsnet reporter linked the Flames with Schenn in his most recent edition of the “32 Thoughts” column, indicating the club might be spurred into action on the trade market with Chris Tanev still dealing with injuries.
Here’s what Friedman had to say about the Flames’ gameplan leading up to the Mar. 3 trade deadline:
The Flames are believed to be in on Schenn too, although they might wait to see if it makes sense for them based on the standings. You can see the possibility, because of Chris Tanev’s injuries. Tanev is as big a gamer as they come, but even he can’t overcome everything. There’s been a push from some in the Canucks organization to keep Schenn. I think it depends on what’s offered. If Vancouver deems it too low, they won’t move. But there’s plenty of interest, which generally pushes up the price.
Schenn, 33, has three goals and 18 points while averaging 17:12 of ice time in 50 games with the Canucks this season. He’s coming off a multi-point outing against the New Jersey Devils on Feb. 6 in which he logged 19:06 and racked up four hits.
On the topic of that physicality: Schenn has thrown 3,081 hits over his 913-game career, making him the most prolific defenceman in that category in NHL history. He leads the entire league with 241 hits this year, good for a 36-hit cushion over second place (Matt Martin).
Schenn is signed at an $850,000 NHL cap hit through the end of 2022–23, at which point he’ll become an unrestricted free agent. He won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in both 2020 and 2021.
Earlier this season, Flames head coach Darryl Sutter offered high praise for Schenn, calling him “a captain on most teams.” More recently, our very own Shane Stevenson took a look at the numbers to assess Schenn’s capabilities.
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