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James van Riemsdyk on Toronto: “It’s basically like playing for the NY Yankees of the NHL.”

Jun 23, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

James van Riemsdyk AP

It’s already been well established that the Schenn brothers are happy with the deal that sent Luke Schenn to the Philadelphia Flyers and James van Riemsdyk to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

They aren’t the only ones.

“To go to a place like Toronto is unbelievably exciting for me… It’s basically like playing for the NY Yankees of the NHL,” van Riemsdyk said, according to the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle.

Well, yes, if the New York Yankees constantly struggled to even make the playoffs and hadn’t won a World Series since Lyndon B. Johnson was President.

Still, the Maple Leafs do have a huge fanbase that can be very harsh to players that don’t live up to their expectations. That might be of particular concern to a guy like van Riemsdyk, who has plenty of promise, but hasn’t broken out yet.

It’s encouraging to hear that van Riemsdyk is excited about what life in Toronto might bring and given that the Philadelphia Flyers have a passionate fanbase too, he should already have a good idea of what he’s getting into. The Leafs are expected to give him a big role in 2012-13 and there’s plenty of reasons to believe he will succeed.

  1. obamablowz - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    ” The Leafs are expected to give him a big role in 2012-13 and there’s plenty of reasons to believe he will succeed.”——Don’t know what you’ve been watching for the past 3 years.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:10 PM

      Not really James,,,,, more like playing for the Toronto Maple Queef’s !

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:14 PM

        That picture you see at the top of this thread is in a pre- season game, he never scored in the NHL again !

      • creasemasta41 - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:18 AM

        You are just the kind of classless moron that pht should be banning

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:01 AM

        I find your handle creaseMASTA,, classless and racist ,you should be banned too !

      • creasemasta41 - Jun 24, 2012 at 9:52 PM

        that is an extremely intelligent reply, you should get an award or something for that

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:40 AM

        Whatever you say masta !

      • whlskey - Jun 24, 2012 at 3:34 AM

        As a Flyers fan, I completely agree.. What you have just said is in no way whatsoever relative to this trade. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having read what you just wrote. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:09 AM

        You were pretty dumb way before you entered this room and most likely drunk so if a zero like yourself is looking to be a one at my expense it ain’t gonna happen whiskey nose !

      • whlskey - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        Thank you.. Thank you for reiterating, in so many words, what I have stated previously. Well played, and feel free to pat yourself on the back, because you and I both know your mother must be really proud.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 24, 2012 at 1:39 PM

        I would not know I never met the woman but thanks for the kind words !

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      You know what James or JVR after giving this a second thought your right ! The Maple Queef’s are a lot like the Yankees ! Most of their cups came in an era WORLD WAR II ,,,when you had a 1 in 6 chance to win it !

  2. brubbed - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Im sorry i mustve missed something. Jvr had 3 good playoff games because boston was focused on giroux and that gives reason to think jvr will succeed why?

  3. mclovinhockey - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    JVR is a great player, he is a beast in the playoffs, but the Yankees of hockey…. More like the cubs. I think the leafs won this deal and I liked JVR ever since I used to play against him when we were kids but the leafs are no Yankees. Good luck in Toronto man, hope you have a break out year.

    • obamablowz - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      If you think JVR is a “great player”, “a beast in the playoffs” then you say “hope you have a break out year”…..you should change your name to “mcneverwatcheshockey”

  4. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Leafs and Yankees. Hmmm. As of 1968, Yanks had 20 championships, Leafs 13. Since then it’s 7-0. Clearly he was thinking about how important the clubs are to their fans.

    • florida76 - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:51 PM

      The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t won a Cup since before the debut of the Expansion Six, or 1967.

      Numerous NHL clubs who weren’t even created since 1967 have significantly outperformed the Leafs since that time, despite the disadvantage of starting up operations late. The Cups won by Toronto in the Original Six era aren’t holding up very well, since it was easier to win Cups in that era. Fewer teams, fewer rounds, and losing teams won Cups back then. Also, the Original Six era lacked the international players of this era.

  5. mpops86 - Jun 23, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    More like pre-2004 Red Sox.

    • kitshky - Jun 24, 2012 at 12:33 AM

      Carbon copy of pre-2004 Sox.

      Large payrolls, zero results, over inflated opinions of their “stars”, completely unearned arrogance … but diehard loyal fans. Can’t always like Leaf fans but God knows ya gotta give em that.

  6. bossman6 - Jun 23, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    I’m excited to see jvr in the blue & white. Scheen has been less than impressive the last couple years and they got lots of dmen

  7. sampulls - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Ya I could see the similarities:
    Leafs…sign average players to big contracts and hype them as superstars.
    Yankees…sign superstars to big contracts and win championships.

  8. nepo784 - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Yeah….. Not really

  9. lumas101 - Jun 23, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    I completely agree. The Yankees and Maple Leafs are very evenly skilled at hockey.

  10. scionofflame - Jun 24, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    Maybe the changes this year will do good for the Maple Leafs and JVR. You never know.

  11. xavier46 - Jun 24, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    I love how during the post-season philly fans kept saying just wait til we get JVR back, just wait… Now that he’s been shipped out of town, philly fans say he is worthless and they never wanted him.

    Obviously, some fans know the truth and I shouldn’t blanket all philly fans with this statement.

    This is precisely a main reason why the rest of the sporting world can not tolerate philly fans of any sports.

  12. cmv08 - Jun 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Without the multiple Championships…Nice try JVR

  13. sasquash20 - Jun 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    I like JVR but we need defense. I wish him the best. Now I’m not a die-hard hockey guy so could someone tell me what we are getting in Schenn?

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