McKenzie addresses Brayden Schenn trade rumors

So what is going on between the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins when it comes to a potential Brayden Schenn trade?

Bob McKenzie answered viewer questions on the NBCSN Overtime show Wednesday evening.

One person wanted to know if there had been “any word on any progress between St. Louis and Boston” on a deal for Brayden Schenn, or “any truth to the rumors that they’re in ‘deep talks.’”

“My understanding on Brayden Schenn and the Boston rumors - and they have been revived over the last week or so - is I do understand that earlier this season Boston did inquire about Brayden Schenn,” indicated McKenzie. “And I never got the feeling that St. Louis was trying to shop Brayden Schenn or trying to get rid of him necessarily, but because of the year they’ve had in St. Louis they’re listening on just about everybody. There have been all sorts of Vladimir Tarasenko rumors, Brayden Schenn, Alex Pietrangelo, Colton Parayko, on and on and on it goes. I think a lot of them are rumors, but Doug Armstrong can’t afford not to listen.

“I don’t know for an absolute fact that Boston has re-energized or brought those talks right back up to the surface, but Boston is clearly looking for a player like Brayden Schenn, and they must be prepared to give up some younger players, that that might dovetail with what St. Louis is trying to look at.

“So at face value, the concept makes sense. I just don’t know if there’s any evidence to suggest that over the last number of days that this is a renewed effort by Boston to try to make something happen, or whether it’s simply a recycling of what we knew earlier in the season, and that is Boston covets a center who plays the game like Brayden Schenn.”

Schenn is in the third season of a four-year, $20.5 million contract, which carries a $5.125 million cap hit and does not include any trade protection.

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