We'll have to digest this one for a while, but the Flyers' interest in Schenn has been well-noted over the last several years. Of course, Luke comes to join his brother Brayden in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, van Riemsdyk has always been high on Brian Burke's priority list -- big, strong, American power forward.
Schenn and van Riemsdyk are sort of in the same boat. They've been a bit underwhelming over the last few years and each gets a fresh start thanks to this trade. Schenn has a ton of potential -- top pair, shutdown defenseman potential -- but there's still plenty of room to grow for him. The same exact thing can be said of JvR though, of course.
Schenn is under contract until 2015-16 with a $3.6 million cap hit.van Riemsdyk is locked in until 2017-18 with a $4.25 hit, so the Flyers are indeed saving some money here.
June 23 strikes again. Happy anniversary.