Philadelphia Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs Make New Starts for Schenn and JVR

June 23rd, 2012 by Jay Levesque Leave a reply »
The 2011-2012 NHL hockey season was not one of the most notable in the young careers of Luke Schenn and James van Riemsdyk. Both players were on teams with fans and staff who were underwhelmed with their performances considering lofty expectations.

While any player has their pros and cons, this straight on one-for-one trade (via ESPN) is going to enable both players to make a new start on teams that specifically require their services and help them to improve their game.

For the Toronto Maple Leafs, Luke Schenn had become expendable. The Leafs are a team that had an abundance of sound defensemen. Schenn was responsible for making some bad defensive plays which left a bad taste in the mouth of many Leafs fans.

With this new start in Philadelphia, reuniting him with little brother Brayden and the opportunity to be deployed under the expert coaching of Peter Laviolette, perhaps he can improve his game and give the Flyers the defensive boost they badly require.

For James van Riemsdyk, this past year with the Flyers is one he would probably rather chock up to experience. For much of the season, he was sidelined with various injuries including ...

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