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Brayden Schenn on his brother: “Luke is my best friend”

Jun 24, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

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Few sports weekends were as rich in brotherly love as this draft weekend was. Really, it feels like Philadelphia should have hosted the event instead of Pittsburgh.* The Staal brothers (minus Marc) have been united in Carolina – even Jared’s developing in the Hurricanes’ system – and the Schenn brothers now bring that brotherly love theme to a new level with the Flyers.

That being said, not every sibling relationship matches what Chris Farley expected in “Tommy Boy.” Frank Servalli caught up with Brayden Schenn, who revealed just how close he is with Luke Schenn.

“Luke is my best friend,” Brayden Schenn said. “We are very tight, we talk every day. Toronto was really good to him, but he didn’t have the greatest season. He needed a fresh start. I think this will have a huge impact on my career. We push each other, and he knows just what to say to get me going.”

By almost all accounts, the Toronto Maple Leafs “won” the James van Riemsdyk-Luke Schenn trade from a public opinion standpoint. Both are coming off disappointing seasons, yet JVR’s upside, size and 2011 playoff run gave him significantly greater trade value than Schenn. That being said, maybe Brayden is onto something; Toronto is one of the few markets that can gobble up a struggling player more than Philly. Getting a fresh start in a town that loves rough-and-tumble players might just be the tonic for what’s ailing Luke.

Then again, maybe a good old-fashioned brother hug might help every now and then, too.

* – Philly gets it in 2014, though.

  1. sizzle299 - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Trade proves that the defensemen available are going for too much for the Flyers. Also proves that Holmgren wants to keep the core of the team together instead of blowing it up for a big name defenseman. Normally a good idea, except the flyers need a big name defenseman.

    I wouldn’t say a team that gets JVR is on the winning side of anything…..by the way…. gotta love that penalty he took to seal the playoff fate of a team that got there without his help…

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