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Philadelphia Flyers: Why Trading JVR for Luke Schenn Is Great for Flyers

TORONTO, CANADA - FEBRUARY 1:  Luke Schenn #2 of the Toronto Maple Leafs fires a hard pass up ice in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 1, 2012 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Penguins 1-0. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Garrett BakerSenior Analyst IJune 23, 2012

The team's website is reporting that the Philadelphia Flyers have acquired Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn in exchange for winger James van Riemsdyk.

This is a phenomenal trade for Philadelphia. The Flyers get their top-four defenseman that they desperately needed, and get rid of the underachieving van Riemsdyk.

JVR was taken as the 2nd overall pick in the 2007 NHL draft, but has not lived up to expectations. He carried a $4.25M cap hit after signing an extension last year, and many fans had called for him to be moved.

Today, the fans got what they wanted.

Schenn is a big body who is very physical and strong in front of the net. He registered 270 hits and 115 blocked shots last season, and will bring a strong presence to the blue line in the absence of Chris Pronger.

Schenn will most likely get paired with either Andrej Meszaros or Erik Gustafsson, who are both good puck moving defenseman that would compliment Schenn's physicality. Schenn works hard along the boards, clears people out in front of the net and will play big minutes on the penalty kill.

Flyers fans should not expect much offense from Schenn, who has a decent shot but isn't prone to joining the offensive rush. The Flyers could still do well to obtain another defenseman as insurance, but adding Schenn takes a lot of pressure off of Holmgren. 

The deal makes sense for the Maple Leafs as well, because JVR still has some room to grow and could blossom into a 30-goal scorer for Toronto. He just never seemed to find his place in Philly, and with the abundance of young forward talent on the Flyers roster, it made sense for him to get moved.  

Schenn joins brother Brayden on Philadelphia only a day after Jordan Staal joined his brother Eric in Carolina after being traded to the Hurricanes.

Check in as more information becomes available, and see how this trade affects other trade possibilities with Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan.  

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