On Wednesday, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke went on FAN 590 in Toronto and said that the team was working on a trade; he also said that he wouldn't be against "trading a 22-year-old of one position for a 22-year-old of another position."
Defenseman Luke Schenn is 22. So is Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk, whose team is in need of another blue liner. He's also an American, and hence catnip to Brian Burke.
The Leafs and Flyers are talking trade, according to TSN and Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News. The initial scuttlebutt was that it was the Schenn/JVR swap. But now that deal appears to have either (a) never been discussed or (b) dramatically delayed or (c) dead altogether, because:
• The Flyers and Leafs deny the two players were ever in this trade. Philadelphia sources told Broad Street Bull that the deal was "not happening." Burke met with Schenn to tell him that he hadn't been offered in a trade and that "I don't know where the rumours started. I told him that's not happening."
• The Flyers' focus continues to be a deal for a defenseman closer to the trade deadline, and one that will likely target either a UFA like Tim Gleason of the Carolina Hurricanes or a big push for Ryan Suter of the Nashville Predators, a fellow UFA that the Flyers would seek to sign long-term, according to Seravalli.
• But perhaps the biggest reason why this trade isn't happening any time soon: Philadelphia announced on Saturday that James van Riemsdyk is out indefinitely with a concussion after he "was hit in the head in each of [the] last two games." And we all know Brian Burke only trades for concussed players in salary dumps …
So cancel those Schenn Flyers jersey orders. Unless it's for Braydon.