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 a concussion.
Even when he was on the ice for the Flyers, there seemed to be a distinct lack of chemistry with other Flyers forwards, and he was often shuffled across different lines with little results when he did see shift time.
Both players were big draft picks that never quite came to fruition the way management had planned. This one-for-one trade is a great deal for both teams in solidifying areas that were not up to par.
The Flyers had a distinct lack of big shutdown defensemen while the Maple Leafs had a distinct lack of big forwards. This is a win-win scenario for both the players and their respective new teams.
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