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So much for trade rumors: van Riemsdyk out indefinitely with concussion

Jan 14, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

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Those trade rumors involving James van Riemsdyk going to Toronto are about to slow down.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced today that van Riemsdyk will be out indefinitely with a concussion. Holmgren says that van Riemsdyk took a shot in the head in each of the last two games and that he wasn’t feeling like himself so they’re opting to sit him down indefinitely rather than risk it further.

In recent days, van Riemsdyk’s name has come up hot and heavy in trade rumors with the Toronto Maple Leafs surrounding a deal that would send defenseman Luke Schenn to Philly in exchange for the former second overall pick in the draft. Now with van Riemsdyk on the shelf for who knows how long, you can bet that if there was any traction for a deal there, we can only assume that discussions have slowed down.

This season van Riemsdyk has scored 11 goals and added 11 assists in what’s been a somewhat disappointing season for the 22-year-old from New Jersey. The Flyers will now have to hope they can get a little more out of Harry Zolnierczyk and Sean Couturier in his absence.

  1. streetskater1989 - Jan 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    When’s this concussion bug for the flyers going to end. Pronger, grioux, schenn,

    • chaseutley - Jan 14, 2012 at 1:28 PM

      I know you can’t play this game, but how decimated would our roster be if we would have held on to Richards, Carter, and Leino?

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 14, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        Great point. It’s safe to say we wouldn’t be experiencing this much early success.

  2. streetskater1989 - Jan 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    couturier and now jvr, wth man

  3. laurely515 - Jan 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    I miss the predictability of the lying and misinformation from when Clarke was GM. If Clarke denied a trade rumor, you knew the guy was going to be traded. If a guy had a concussion, Clarke would just say mean things about his parents. It was all much more simple.

    • ml3939 - Jan 14, 2012 at 1:36 PM

      Best comment I have seen in long time.

    • paulsdamnblog - Jan 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      That was a spectacular Bob Clarke reference. Also, very true. However, the trade that he would deny was always for a player who was at least 5 years past his prime and out of gas. Remember the Tony Amonte deal? How about the Adam Oates disaster? One of the draft picks in the Oates deal resulted in the Caps getting Alexander Semin. Not 100% sure on this but one of the draft picks sent to Chicago for Amonte, resulted in David Bolland.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Perfecting timing for JVR. I’m disappointed because I want him to be traded but hopefully this isn’t a serious concussion.

  5. farvefromover - Jan 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Whomp whomp

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