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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.

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“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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Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

As a non-biased fan, Philly got the worst of this one. Luke is no Brayden Schenn. Maybe playing in Toronto made him look terrible, but Philly better hope he pans out, because JVR is a stud

George Prax's picture

I think the Leafs won this deal on paper, because JVR is clearly the better player of the two, but the deal helps both teams as JVR wasn't going anywhere in Philly with that deep offense and the Flyers desperately needed an upgrade on D, and they reunited a pair of brothers in the process. I think ideally Holmgren would have gotten a pick or a prospect as well, but I guess you can't complain.

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

Well, thinking about it now, if Bobby Ryan wants to come to Philly that's JVR's spot anyway. So really, might as well get a d-man. The more I think about it it seems like a wash. It'll do both teams good.

Matthew Brigidi's picture

At this point it's a beneficial deal for both teams. Like Prax said, JvR has never really fit into the role the Flyers wanted him to and the team needed a right-handed defenseman.

Both players have underachieved and have up-side. Both teams are gambling that one will fully develop into his potential while the other one doesn't.

Hopefully, both guys reach those expectations.

George Prax's picture

I agree that it's beneficial for both teams, I just feel like JVR was the better player of the two. But I guess that might be nitpicking. But if this deal was made five months ago, I don't think it would have been straight up.

Matthew Brigidi's picture

You're right to an extent. According to Frank Seravalli of the Philly Daily News, Burke came calling for the trade as it went down on Saturday, Holmgren pulled back cause he wanted more and Burke told him not to call back until he was serious, hahaha.

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