Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 11/19/14
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   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 entry draft.    Van Riemsdyk scored 11 goals and added 13 assists for 24 points in just 43 games for Philadelphia last season, which was shortened due to a broken foot. Burke has been after the left-winger for quite some time since he feels Van Riemsdyk’s 6-foot-3 inch, 200 lb. frame is something the Leafs’ forward corp. badly needs. Burke is hoping his new acquisition can add some size, physicality, speed, and finesse next season.    Van Riemsdyk became a wanted man by many teams during the 2010/11 playoff season when he led Philadelphia in scoring with seven goals in 11 contests. He also scored 21 goals ...
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