Found June 23, 2012 on
Tonight's Healthy Scratches:
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers have reached a deal sending James van Riemsdyk to Toronto's ACC and Luke Schenn to the City Of Brotherly Love.
After being speculated for some weeks now, the trade marks the second in two days in which family ties are re-kindled, when Eric and Jordan Staal were joined in Carolina. Luke and Brayden have always thought about the prospect of playing together, but for quite sometime it seemed as if it wouldn't happen.
Luke was drafted fifth overall by Brian Burke in 2008 and expectations were through the roof. Beyond stretches where Luke has been good, his career hasn't been terribly impressive thus far. At least it's the first time Brian Burke has gushed over a first-round draft pick, right? Hey, Nazim Kadri.
Luke had 75 points in four seasons with the Leafs.
Speaking of underachieving draft picks, James van Riemsdyk! JVR was taken 2nd overall in 2007 and has accumulated 99 points in about two and a half seasons with the Flyers. JVR's size, strength on the puck, and shot were the type of things that made Paul Holmgren believe they had something really special. And they did. For sure. But sometimes things just don't pan out.
This trade has numerous implications for both teams. Toronto gets an explosive forward in JVR who has shown instances of brilliance netting 7 goals in 11 games in the 2011 Playoffs. A change in scenery might be just the thing that JVR needs and playing alongside Phil Kessel and a rejuvenated Joffrey Lupul might be just the place.
Basically, JVR has the potential to become a superstar. And that is exactly what Burke is going to preach, and quite honestly, it may not be too far off.
Now, the Flyers didn't get such a bad deal here, either. Make no bones about it, Luke Schenn hasn't been the dominant force he has been touted to be. But he is another guy who can certainly step up his role into an All-Star defenseman. Undoubtedly, the Flyers' brass are looking at this 22-year old imploring him to become the very thing they just lost. Chris Pronger.
Obviously, Chris Pronger's injury-plagued 2011-2012 season has raised the level of doubt of his return. This threw the Flyers into talks with Ryan Suter, specifically into this offseason. This trade might make any of those rumors obsolete. The Flyers may have just made the move for their man.
Despite the "less than explosive" starts to both of these young players' careers, this trade has the makings of something that can totally revitalize the way we look at them.
Two young players, traded one-for-one.
A dying breed of trade in the NHL and something that is quite refreshing.
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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.
In what seems to be the current trend in NHL trades, for the second time in two days brothers have been united in playing for the same team. While yesterday there was little surprise in Jordan Staal being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes to play with his brother Eric, few expected Luke and Brayden Schenn to both be members of the Philadelphia Flyers at the end of the second day...
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...