Luke Schenn: One game won’t decide trade

- February 10th, 2013

Consider the upside of the latest sideshow that awaits the Maple Leafs as they return from a successful three-game road trip: Maybe it will distract from the team’s struggles on home ice.

When the Philadelphia Flyers role into the Air Canada Centre on Monday, the big (and obvious) story will be the return of former Leafs defenceman Luke Schenn. Dealt at the draft last June for James van Riemsdyk (he of seven goals through 12 games), Schenn was a popular, if at times struggling Maple Leaf.

And having had to answer to daily trade rumours for weeks at a time, he knows what awaits in the scrum at Monday’s morning skate. But Schenn, who is joined in Philly by his younger brother Brayden, suggests that fans don’t grade the deal by what happens Monday night.

“One game is not going to prove who won the trade,” Schenn told reporters in Philly following the Flyers win over Carolina on Saturday. “It’s going to be a season, or years, to see who won it. So I’m not going to put too much emphasis on this game. … But it’s definitely exciting to be going back.”

Schenn clearly understands that there is no sense denying the game will have a little extra spice to it.

“When the schedule first came out, you know, you look forward to it,” Schenn said.  “But I think both teams have moved on now and they’re having some success, too.”

As for van Riemsdyk, when I asked him on Saturday in Montreal whether he was looking forward to the Monday nighter, he broke out in a grin.

“Maybe just a little,” van Riemsdyk said.

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1 comment

  1. Cdcd says:

    “role” into the Air Canada Centre. Really??

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