The quickest way to unload some money from an NHL team’s salary cap situation is to trade a star player.
And that’s exactly what the Flyers did on Friday night, sending left wing/center Brayden Schenn to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for the 27th overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft, plus veteran center Jori Lehtera and a conditional first-round pick in the 2018 draft.
With the pick, the Flyers selected center Morgan Frost.
Schenn, 25, is scheduled to make $14.5 million on the final three years of a five-year contract he signed two years ago.
Even though the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native was considered one of the Flyers’ top offensive players, general manager Ron Hextall apparently is looking to free up some money to acquire some talent via upcoming free agency or via a trade.
Schenn, acquired from Los Angeles along with Wayne Simmonds in the 2011 trade that sent Mike Richards to the Kings, played in 424 games for the Flyers. He scored 109 goals and added 137 assists for 246 points.
Frost, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound native of Aurora, Ont., has played junior hockey for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL the past two seasons.
Last season, he played in 67 games and registered 20-42-6.
Lehtera, a Helsinki, Finland native, played for St. Louis the last three seasons.
The 29-year-old was drafted by the Blues in the third round (65th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Lehtera, 6-2, 210, played in 218 games for the Blues, registering 30-70-100, with a plus-27.
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