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Flyers’ van Riemsdyk on trade rumors: “This is where I want to be”

Feb 23, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

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Philadelphia’s been in the middle of numerous trade rumors, and a name that continually pops up is that of forward James van Riemsdyk.

The 22-year-old signed a six-year, $25.5 million extension with the Flyers in August — suggesting he’d like to stay in Philly for the long haul — but with a no-trade clause that doesn’t kick in until 2016 and a world of potential, JVR is one of Philly’s most moveable (and cherished) assets.

Not that he wants to be moved, of course.

“This is where I want to be,” van Riemsdyk told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Obviously, I like all the guys on the team. I just want to play my game and focus on hockey and what I can control.

“Coming back from an injury, I just want to play consistently. Just play as well as I can and the rest will take care of itself.”

van Riemsdyk missed over a month with a concussion and only recently returned to the Philly lineup, playing the last two games against Pittsburgh and Winnipeg, looking no worse for wear. He posted two assists and 10 shots on goal (seven against the Jets) while averaging 15 minutes a night, playing with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.

The third-year pro stands 6-foot-3, 200-pounds and has shown flashes of superstar potential, mixed with maddening bouts of listlessness. He finished second on the team in game-winning goals last year, then broke through in the playoffs with seven goals in 11 games…but has run afoul of head coach Peter Laviolette this season.

van Riemsdyk’s been linked to a number of teams — Toronto being chief among them — and there’s a belief he’s become expendable given Philly’s surplus of youth (Schenn, Simmonds, Sean Couturier, Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux are all 24 or younger.)

  1. phlmt69 - Feb 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Philly needs to keep JVR and the other youth they have stockpiled. We aren’t getting a goalie for him so no other deal makes sense. this kid will be a star.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    He has talent but JVR reminds of Carter. That’s not good. He seems flaky at best when he has or is near the puck. He needs to play like he is 6’3″ 200 lbs. I highly doubt he will. The Flyers didn’t miss him when he was hurt. That speaks volumes.

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