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Flyers Trade James Van Riemsdyk To Maple Leafs For Luke Schenn

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  • Flyers Trade James Van Riemsdyk To Maple Leafs For Luke Schenn

    Flyers’ James van Riemsdyk traded to Leafs in exchange for Luke Schenn, and nothing else

    The NHL draft was in Pittsburgh, but there's been a distinctly Philadelphian influence to the festivities. It's been all brotherly love this weekend. On Friday, we saw a partial family reunion when the Hurricanes acquired Jordan Staal from the Penguins. A day later, Philadelphia got into the spirit themselves, bringing the Schenn brothers together in a trade with Toronto.

    The Flyers have acquired defenceman Luke Schenn from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward James van Riemsdyk.

    Again, that's Schenn for van Riemsdyk straight up. Now, both players are still young enough that it's hard to say who will be the better piece long-term, and after last season's curious offseason deals wound up sort of working for Paul Holmgren, we'll hold off on calling him a crazy person, but man, it's tough to say Leafs GM Brian Burke didn't come out on top here.

    Granted, van Riemsdyk's stock dipped a bit this season. After a great 2010-11 campaign in which he put up 20 goals in the regular season and another 7 in just 11 postseason games, his follow-up in 2011-12 was riddled with injuries and inconsistency. But even with the stumble, we'd have thought the only people believing van Riemsdyk could be had for Schenn in a one-for-one were Torontonians. If we didn't see both GMs in Pittsburgh today, we'd wonder if maybe Burke had dragged Holmgren into Ontario and exposed him to the air.

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    Seems like a good trade just for a change of scenery for both. Schenn should easily fill in for Pronger.