Found June 24, 2012 on
Buzz On Broad:
On Saturday, the Flyers ended the continuous rumors and traded winger James van Riemsdyk to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Luke Schenn. The two teams have been in talks about a trade involoving these two pieces "since the winter", according to Paul Holmgren.
So why does this trade work? Here's why:
- Needs- Toronto needed a big forward, while the Flyers needed a big, right handed defenseman. Luke Schenn is 6'2, 229lbs, and like we said he is in fact a right handed shot. As for JVR, he is a 6'3, 200lb winger, something the Leafs desperately needed.
- Fresh Starts- JVR was under the shadow of Patrick Kane ever since the 2007 draft. Due to injuries, van Riemsdyk was never really able to live up to his potential here in Philadelphia. Luke Schenn was also under the heat lamps in Toronto, as he was selected 5th overall in the 2008 draft. With both players constantly in trade rumors, they both needed a change of scenery.
- Cap Reasons- Luke Schenn is under contract until the 2015-2016 season, which he will then become an unrestricted free agent. Schenn's yearly cap hit is $3.6 million. JVR is signed until the 2017-2018 season, which he will then become an unrestricted free agent. van Riemsdyk's cap hit is $4.25 per year.
- Available Cap Space- According to CapGeek.com, Toronto now has close to $13 million in cap space, $12,946,667 to be exact. The Flyers now have a little less than $12 million in cap space, before any player (Chris Pronger) is put on injured reserve. The Flyers have exactly $11,481,627 in available cap space. Both clubs have very aggressive general managers, and they are both looking to make a push at some top free agents come July 1st.
- Brothely Love- With the addition of Luke Schenn, the Flyers now have both Schenn brothers. To me, this can only motivate both of these guys.
When James van Reimsdyk was at his finest, he was a player who was strong with the puck, and a guy the opposition hates. His size and speed was something the opposing teams struggled with. Luke Schenn is a strong defenseman who keeps getting better, and is surely about to hit his prime in my opinion. This is one of those trades that actually should pay off for both clubs. The trades fills voids, while setting the team up to make potential signings once free agency hits. Both Flyers fans and Leafs fans are getting something special, we should all be happy with this move.
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Newly acquired defenseman Luke Schenn positions the Flyers well on defense.
The Flyers draft class was kind of an unusual one. The Flyers passed on a couple of highly touted defensemen to draft a player at #20 in Scott Laughton that most thought would have been there for the Flyers in the second round. They went on to take 4 defenseman, a goalie and a winger with the rest of their...
The Philadelphia Flyers acquired defenseman Luke Schenn from the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward James van Riemsdyk on Saturday.
The 22-year-old Schenn should help replace the void created by the loss of captain Chris Pronger, who is unlikely to return because of post-concussion symptoms. Schenn has 14 goals and 61 assists for 75 points in four seasons. He's the older brother...
I said earlier this week that where there is smoke there is fire. There was smoke and according to multiple reports, there is now fire.
The Philadelphia Flyers, fresh off of the NHL draft have traded winger James van Riemsdyk to Toronto for defenseman Luke Schenn.
Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has had a longstanding love affair with JVR and was looking to make a move earlier...
Rangy forward James van Riemsdyk has been on the block in Philadelphia for some time. Similarly, trade rumors have dogged stay-at-home defenseman Luke Schenn in Toronto for months.So it is only natural that the Leafs and Flyers would swap those players. This trade made Toronto bigger up front and gave the Flyers additional blue line protection in the wake of Chris Pronger’s career...
via Damien Cox tweet, BREAKING NEWS: Toronto Star is reporting Leafs have traded Luke Schenn to Philly for James Van Riemsdyk.
added 4:55pm, via Darren Dreger tweet, Breaking News!!!! Toronto trades Luke Schenn to Flyers for James Van RiemsDyk. Done deal
TSN reports that the Flyers have traded winger James van Reimsdyk to Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Luke Schenn.
More to come.
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The man that has been rumored to be traded seemingly ever since he was drafted has finally been dealt: the Flyers have traded James van Riemsdyk to the Maple Leafs for defenseman Luke Schenn. This deal has been rumored to be happening for the last year or so and the Flyers finally pulled the trigger to trade the two straight up for one another.Schenn, who is indeed the brother...