TORONTO - The Flyers were so rich with talent down the middle that the services of James Van Riemsdyk were never required in such a capacity.

In Toronto, the prospects are considerably different.

The Leafs have been chasing a top-flight centre since Mats Sundin left town and are open to the idea of moving their most recent trade acquisition back to the position he played for two seasons at the University of New Hampshire.

Meeting the media for the first time in Toronto as a Leaf on Wednesday morning, Van Riemsdyk was receptive to the thought. "It's something that would be a good opportunity for me I think," said Vans Riemsdyk, appearing at a hockey clinic at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke. "I've played a little bit in the past and when you can be a little bit more versatile as a player I think it's always a good thing.

"In Philly, we had an abundance of centres there so we didn't really ever need me to do that ever, but obviously this is a new opportunity for me and that would be a great thing for me to try."