TSN and The Philadelphia Daily News are reporting trade discussions have been ongoing between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers with regards to a pair of marquee players.
The proposed deal would send Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn, the fifth overall selection in the 2008 NHL Draft and brother of Flyers rookie Brayden Schenn, to the Flyers in exchange for third year forward James van Riemsdyk, who was taken second overall by Philadelphia in the 2007 NHL Draft.
The deal makes sense for the Flyers, who are in serious need of defensive depth due to the nagging injuries to Kimmo Timonen and the concussion that ended Chris Pronger's season.
Further, the emergence of rookie Sean Couturier and Matt Read in Philly has made van Riemsdyk, who has only four goals and eight points in his last 20 games, expendable.
Prior to training camp this summer, the Flyers inked van Riemsdyk to a six-year extension worth $25.5 million. The expectation after his signing was that he'd be in Philadelphia for the forseeable future, but that's what everyone thought about Jeff Carter and Mike Richards too.
Schenn has been under the microscope in Toronto since his arrival and has seen a dramatic drop in his ice time this season. A lack of secondary scoring in Toronto may offer enough pressure for Burke to take a chance on the struggling van Riemsdyk.
The Leafs have gotten strong defensive play from rookie Jake Gardiner and have seen Dion Phaneuf return to the all-star caliber of play they expected when they acquired him from Calgary in 2010.
The Scratches will continue to update this story throughout the day as more information becomes available.