Flyers Trade James Van Riemsdyk To Maples Leafs For Luke Schenn
According to Darren Dreger of TSN, the Philadelphia Flyers have traded James van Riemsdyk to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Luke Schenn, the older brother of Flyers forward Brayden.
This deal has been speculated about since before the Feb. trade deadline and has now been fully realized.
It’s been clear that Philadelphia needed to improve their defense and that the team was unhappy with van Riemsdyk’s development at this point in time.
On the other side of the deal, Schenn found himself in a similar predicament as the Maple Leafs were frustrated with his development.
Toronto has been looking to add a large forward to build around and Leafs general manager Brian Burke has coveted van Riemsdyk for sometime now.
Both players were top-five draft selections and will now be given the opportunity of a fresh start in a new environment.
Schenn stands at six-feet-two, 229 pounds and plays a physical style. He is a stay at home defenseman who looks to defend his own end rather than produce offensively.
The 22-year old is two years older than his brother Brayden and is a right-handed shot, which the Flyers were expected to add this offseason.
Most encouragingly, he models his game after Flyers fallen captain, Chris Pronger.
Courtesy of Canada.com:
“For me as a defenseman I always liked watching Rob Blake and Chris Pronger. They’re big, strong physical guys and they play the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”
Luke has four-years remaining on a five-year, $18-million contract with an annual cap hit of $3.6 million.
Not only have the Flyers brought in a physical defender with a right-handed shot, they have also freed up $650,000 in capspace by moving van Riemsdyk.
They are still in position to add pieces this offseason.
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