The Toronto Maple Leafs have dealt defenseman Luke Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers for winger James van Riemsdyk.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One of the most rumored and anticipated trades of the season finally went down. Schenn and van Riemsdyk had been linked to each other in the rumor mill for months. It was widely anticipated van Riemsdyk would be moved by the Flyers, perhaps for Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, Keith Yandle or Ryan Suter, but Schenn seemed out of the equation by that point.
By making this move, the Leafs add more size and offensive skill in van Riemsdyk, though he’s been battling injuries over the past couple of seasons. Schenn should provide a welcome boost of youth and depth to a blueline corps which has concerns over the future of Chris Pronger and the health of aging Kimmo Timonen, plus he’ll be united with his younger brother Brayden. He might also thrive away from the fishbowl existence of a Maple Leaf. It appears to be of mutual benefit for both clubs, especially if both players reach their full potential.