Philadelphia Flyers Acquire Luke Schenn In Exchange For James van Riemsdyk

Just when you thought all was quiet after a couple of moves early on Saturday, the Philadelphia Flyers struck with another trade.

The Flyers acquired Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn in exchange for forward James van Riemsdyk, in a trade that had been rumored to be a match since the middle of this season.

It was almost a certainty that van Riemsdyk was going to find his way out of Philly this summer. After a disappointing year, both in health and performance, and the emergence of rookies Sean Couturier and Matt Read, most figured the Flyers would spin JvR somewhere for some defensive help.

And that defensive help they got in Luke Schenn, who was the fifth overall pick of the Leafs back in 2008. He adds to a Flyers blue line that was very inconsistent throughout the season, particularly in the playoffs.

He’s not the kind of guy that’s going to put up too many points, but he’s what the Flyers needed to add to their defense. He’s a big body on the blue line and is as physical as they come. He tallied 270 hits in 2011-2012 to go along with the 115 shots that he blocked.

This is the type of trade that makes sense for both teams. The Flyers needed a guy like Schenn in their defensive corps and JvR needed a “change of scenery” deal. It helps that he’s a big forward that Toronto had been needing as well. This is the type of trade that should work out for both sides.

Schenn becomes the second brother to join his brother’s team in the last two days, as he now teams with Brayden Schenn in Philly (pending some sort of potential deal for Bobby Ryan). Jordan Staal joined Eric Staal when he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.