Just hours after the 2012 NHL Draft came to a close on Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs pulled off a blockbuster deal. The Flyers agreed to send James van Riemsdyk to Toronto in exchange for Luke Schenn. The Flyers were seeking help along with blue line and found a suitable trade partner in Schenn and the Leafs, who were looking to bolster their offense. TSN's Bob McKenzie first reported the deal:
Luke Schenn traded to PHI for James van Riemsdyk.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 23, 2012
Both players have been the topic of trade rumors recently, and Toronto GM Brian Burke reportedly coveted van Riemsdyk for some time. Schenn will join his brother, Brayden, in Philadelphia -- a scenario that Flyers GM Paul Holmgren had also had his sights set on. Here's what SB Nation's Travis Hughes had to say about the trade at Flyers blog Broad Street Hockey :
Schenn and van Riemsdyk are sort of in the same boat. They've been a bit underwhelming over the last few years and each gets a fresh start thanks to this trade. Schenn has a ton of potential -- top pair, shutdown defenseman potential -- but there's still plenty of room to grow for him. The same exact thing can be said of JvR though, of course.