The Flyers are on the outside looking in for a playoff spot, lacking needed salary cap space and eager to make room for younger players.
GM Ron Hextall achieved just that Wednesday shipping off defenseman Luke Schenn and high-priced but often-scratched winger Vincent LeCavalier to the Kings in exchange for a third round pick in 2016 and forward prospectJordan Weal.
Many sources are reporting, however, that the club will pay 50 percent of the remaining salary on each of the veteran’ contracts.
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Weal had69 points for a King’s affiliatein 73 games. He is a Vancouver native who helped lead Manchester to a Calder Cup title while winning MVP in the AHL playoffs for his 10 goals and 12 assists.
Schenn, only26, was acquired by the Flyers in exchange for James van Riemsdyk a few seasons ago.
The trade deadline is still several weeks away, but if the Flyers can’t gain ground in the Eastern Conference standings it could be the first of many moves to make way for a bevy of talented players blocked in lower levels of the Philly farm system.