TSN's Bob McKenzie reports the Flyers are looking to trade a defenseman to make room for 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin on the NHL roster. Two names McKenzie mentions are 24-year-old defenseman Luke Schenn, who carries a $3.6 million cap hit through next season, and 29-year-old defenseman Nicklas Grossmann, who carries a $3.5 million cap hit through 2015-16.
The report directly contradicted everything general manager Ron Hextall has said about remaining patient with the team's prospects. Hextall told reporters his "philosophy will not change as far as rushing players" and there is "zero credibility in the rumor."
Morin, 19, has turned some heads during training camp and is the last of the four big-name defensive prospects left in Flyers camp. Morin can play nine games for the Flyers this season without burning one year on his entry-level contract. Once Morin plays his 10th game, the first year of his three years on the entry-level contract will be burnt. Morin carries a cap hit of $894,167.
If the Flyers were to move a defenseman like Schenn or Grossmann, it would likely mean they have full intentions of keeping Morin on the roster beyond nine games. However from Hextall's remarks it does not appear that the Flyers will be rushing Morin into a contributing role.
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