The Toronto Maple Leafs dealt hard-nosed defenseman Luke Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers today, in exchange for winger James van Riemsdyk, according to a report from The Globe and Mail. The move unites Schenn with his younger brother Brayden, who just wrapped up his first season as a center with the Flyers.
The deal is expected to help both teams, with the Maple Leafs looking to add an impact player to its struggling attack, while the Flyers will look to bolster their defense. Luke Schenn, known as a stay-at-home defender, has been consistently among the league leaders in hits in his four NHL seasons. Schenn recorded a career-high 20 NHL assists last season, while van Riemsdyk missed about half the season with a broken foot.