Will he stay or will he go?
By Heidi Androl
FOX Sports West and PRIME TICKET
And the internet continues to swirl with rumors...
The Brayden Schenn "will he stay or will he go" saga has been the center of attention over the past week with his recent assignment to the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL and rumors of a trade for Jarome Iginla.
The not-so-simple truth is that Schenn has been sent to Manchester on a 14-day conditioning assignment. Many see this as a loophole in the system, considering that Schenn is not yet eligible for the AHL. The 19-year-old was a captain for the Brandon Wheat Kings last season and earned a spot out of training camp with the Los Angeles Kings this fall. Because of his junior eligibility, he must be returned to juniors after the nine-game audition period, or burn a year of his pro contract to stay in the NHL with the Kings. He can be sent back after that 10th game, but this year will count towards a year pro whether he plays 12 games or 82.
To complicate matters in the already confusing nine-game audition period, Kings GM Dean Lombardi has worked it out so that Schenn can get some conditioning time after sitting out five straight with the Kings as he recovers