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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 picks.
I wrote on Friday that the drafting of Laughton indicated to me that the Flyers were going to make other moves. Sure enough, they did. Executing a trade that had been rumored since January, the Flyers sent winger James van Riemsdyk to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Luke Schenn. It’s a solid move that will certainly bolster the Flyers’ defense corps.
Some fear that the move will leave the Flyers short on offense, but I recall the same argument last year when the Flyers traded Carter and Richards. The Flyers actually scored more goals this year than last. And in the end, JVR scored 11 goals this year and was out of action for long stretches. It’s not like we’re trying to replace Claude Giroux here.
Ultimately, the draft is a crap shoot. No one knows if the defenseman the Flyers selected will pan out. But to negate the possibility that they won’t, the Flyers made a solid move to insure the next couple of years on defense. If Matt Carle signs an extension with the team, they should be pretty well set.
They’ll also have plenty of cap space to add a couple or several pieces, depending on how they want to play it. With Pronger’s money moved to the long term injured reserved list, the Flyers could have about $11 million under the cap to pursue free agents. That’s not too shabby.
The Flyers should be well positioned for the future.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
I have very mixed feelings about yesterday's trade that send James van Riemsdyk to Toronto in exchange for defenseman Luke Schenn. Ultimately, though, the bottom line on the deal right now is that is one that has a chance to help both sides immediately and in the long term.
To me, the trade creates as many questions as it answers.
My feelings on van Riemsdyk have not...
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TORONTO (June 23) â Given his tenure as GM of the Maple Leafs, Brian Burke made a move today that will likely pan out.
Trading has been bold and mostly productive since Burke assumed the managerial reign from Cliff Fletcher, and dispatching Luke Schenn to Philadelphia eliminates one of the few remaining components in place before the...
Saturday's trade with Toronto created a little extra cap space for the Flyers. Luke Schenn carries a $3.6 million cap hit through 2015-16 while James van Riemsdyk's deal carried a $4.25 million cap hit. Per capgeek.com, the Flyers currently have $11,481,627 worth of cap space beneath the $70.3 million temporary cap for 2012-13.
Ideally, the team would like to stay beneath...
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...
Two players who were promised to be future stars by Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke were sent packing from the lowly NHL club on June 23. Defenseman Luke Schenn was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in return for James Van Riemsdyk and the negotiating rights to goalkeeper Jonas Gustavsson were shipped off to the Winnipeg Jets in return for a seventh-round pick in next year’s...
Here's what Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren had to say about the JVR for Luke Schenn trade.
This was on the Flyers charter plane as they prepared to take off. Keep in mind, the FLyers could have held this at CONSOL Energy Center at the NHL Draft, but waited till they got on the plane to tell the media there had been a trade:
Transcript courtesy of the Flyers ...