Reports are saying that the Leafs and Flyers are discussing a deal that would send Toronto defenseman Luke Schenn to Philadelphia in exchange for forward James van Riemsdyk. The news has been reported on both TSN and the Philadelphia Daily News. I think the deal would benefit both teams.
Having lost Chris Pronger for the rest of the season with his future unknown, this leaves a big hole in the Flyers defense. If they were to add Schenn, that would strengthen their blue-line significantly, and put them in a more stable position. Schenn is one of the league's hardest hitters and he's currently 9th in the NHL in hits with 130.
Luke could also join his brother Brayden in Philadelphia. Playing together has been something the Schenn brothers have always hoped for.
"It would be unbelievable," said Luke around the 2009 draft when the Leafs were trying to move up and acquire his younger brother Brayden. "Obviously, playing with him in Toronto would be pretty cool."
Ultimately, the Leafs were unable to get Brayden Schenn, and instead moved up to draft Nazem Kadri.
From a Leafs perspective, it would be extremely hard to see Schenn go, but, van Riemsdyk in Toronto would be pretty awesome to have happen. The 6-foot-3 and 200 pound van Riemsdyk has great size. He also already has 32 games of playoff experience. He had 7 goals in 11 playoff games last season.
"I think we're a little small up front," Burke said. "We don't have much playoff experience."
Both Schenn and van Riemsdyk have had their struggles reaching expectations over their young careers. But, the 22-year olds each have a great upside.
"In the 3 1/2 years that I've been here there has been a few rumors about trades that were going to happen," Schenn told the Toronto Star addressing the trade rumours. "They come up every year somehow.
"It doesn't really mean much. They're just rumors and I'm happy being here in Toronto."
If they can't work out a deal with the Leafs, the Flyers would possibly turn to the Predators, whom they have made many deals with in the past. Their top target is Ryan Suter, but, although it's unlikely, don't sleep on Shea Weber who is in the last season of his contract.