Was his last move his best?
That’s what the early voting suggests in Toronto where ex-general manager Brian Burke’s trade of defenseman Luke Schenn for Flyers’ forward James van Riemsdyk seems to have won temporary approval.
Truth is, this is one deal where it may take a few years to get a true read on things as to who got the better or perhaps whether the deal was good for both teams.
With Joffrey Lupul shelved for at least six weeks with a fractured forearm, JVR needed to step up this past week.
He did, scoring twice during a 5-2 comeback win over Pittsburgh that helped the Flyers in the Atlantic Division standings.
In JVR’s case, if he can ever become the power forward that everyone felt he would be, then the Leafs will be happy with this trade.
Leafs coach Randy Carlyle had a chat with JVR about his role on Tuesday, the National Post reported, and the 23-year-old responded against the Penguins.
Carlyle told JVR he had to go into the “dirty areas,” drive the net, and crowd the crease against the goalie – the same things the Flyers' coaching staff had preached to JVR for the last two years.
“It’s always nice when you have a conversation with a player and he comes out and scores two goals,” Carlyle told reporters after the game.
JVR told the Toronto Star he’s been a tad too cerebral, lately.
“I think I am thinking a little bit too much out there right now and taking away from some of the instincts I have,” van Riemsdyk said.
“It is all part of learning the new system and playing with different players. Just keep working hard like I have been and good things will start happening.”
For now, the love affair is on in The Big T.O.
The elevator attendant in Buffalo likes to brag how he routinely throws NHL officials, among others, off at First Niagara Center if they don’t have proper credentials.
Even if he knows them!
Well, apparently the same thing happened at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Stars owner Tom Gaglardi had an opening-night party he was going to.
According to D Magazine, and later reported by the Dallas Morning News, Gaglardi was on his way to the stadium’s club level for his party when an elevator attendant stopped him, asking to see his ticket.
While Gaglardi was searching his suit jacket for his credential, someone whispered to the attendant that he was the owner of the Stars.
The elevator guy reluctantly gave an ‘ok.
By the way, this happened once to Ed Snider at Wells Fargo Center some years ago.
Snider, however, was actually impressed that the attendant insisted on seeing his credential.
Flyers president Peter Luukko will received the 2013 PAL Award on May 8 at the downtown Sheraton Hotel.
This award is being presented for Luukko's commitment and support of the Police Athletic League through his company (Comcast) and his personal dedication to philanthropy.
Comcast-Spectacor sponsors the PALEY PAL Center in the Germantown-section of Philadelphia. Ironically, Luukko is the first recipient in the history of the PAL Award to have the initials P-A-L.
Associated Press, Calgary Herald, Dallas Morning News, National Post, Tampa Tribune and Toronto Star contributed to this story.
Was his last move his best?