Originally written on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 10/23/14
Montreal_canadiens_v_1264


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.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Hoyer doesn’t think about getting benched for Manziel

Cardinals kicker blew $1,500 signing bonus on headphones

Ainge: Draft lottery reform would be 'better for the game'

Royals take Game 2 to even series with Giants

Report: Roger Goodell will have to testify in Ray Rice case

Blake Griffin accused of slapping man in Las Vegas club

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ronda Rousey to face Cat Zingano at UFC 182

Report: Zach Mettenberger to start for Titans over Locker

LaMarr Woodley likely done for season with biceps injury

Report: Some Seahawks think Wilson isn’t 'black enough'

Darrelle Revis sent home for being late, misses practice

Report: Texas to pay scholarship athletes $10K per year

WATCH: Steve Ballmer freaks out while shown on Jumbotron

AUDIO: Rex Ryan pranks Sammy Watkins on conference call

Top storyline for each Week 8 NFL game

WATCH: Giants pitcher yells at Salvador Perez after HR

Will Muschamp's head coaching job posted on Craigslist

Miss California USA would like to date Eric Hosmer

WATCH: Eric Bledsoe sends Clipper flying with sick move

Kiffin's mom fears for son's safety in return to Tennessee

WATCH: Penguins perform 'O Canada' following tragedy

WATCH: Cutest grandma challenges Dwyane Wade to game of one-on-one

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups A – D

Report: Expect Florida to make a run at Bob Stoops

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Top NFL storylines: Week 8

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

UEFA Champions League midway report: Groups A – D

Porn star: No one parties like Janikowski

Report: Expect Florida to make a run at Bob Stoops

The San Francisco Giants are zombies

10 bold predictions for NFL Week 8

Pitcher's wife leaves generous tip

Nicklaus defends Jameis Winston

NFL players who could be traded by the deadline

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.