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James van Riemsdyk is glad he’s still a Flyer

Feb 28, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

James van Riemsdyk AP

There was a time when signing a hefty contract extension signaled that a player was borderline untouchable, but those days are gone. That’s especially true in Philadelphia, where the ink was barely dry on Jeff Carter‘s deal before GM Paul Holmgren sent him to Columbus.

With that in mind, one cannot blame James van Riemsdyk if he was sweating the various trade rumors that included his name. The 22-year-old power forward expressed relief to remain with the Flyers while discussing the deadline with’s Tim Panaccio.

“Yeah, at the end of the day, I’m happy to still be a Flyer,” Van Riemsdyk said. “I love all the guys we have on the team. We have a great group of guys, not only on the ice, but off the ice, as well. I’m really excited about what we can do together.”

Even so, JVR acknowledged a mindset that if Wayne Gretzky could get traded, then so could he.

It didn’t help that he’s been a bit disappointing considering what seemed like a breakout playoff performance for the burgeoning winger. That’s the danger of trusting the results of a small sample in a contract year, but JVR is young enough that it’s far too early to call the contract an albatross.

Depending upon how you look at it, the Flyers either decided they couldn’t part with the young forward or didn’t find the right deal, but the bottom line is that he can put those rumors behind him.

For now, at least.

  1. eastcoastcynic - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    He’s a sniper and they’re hard to come by. 7 goals in 11 Stanley Cup playoff games is nothing to sneeze at.

  2. BSpeedman - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    Where has that production been all season? He’s too soft to be a dominant player in this league. He has all the tools (i.e. fast, big, good shot and hands) but doesn’t have the mental makeup to go into the tough areas where great power forwards do. He never takes the body and when he does it like he’s patting the opponent on the back. I was hopeful that last year’s playoffs were his coming out party but this season is just another disappointment. I’m not specifically looking at stats either, I know he was out for a bit with a concussion, I’m talking about his play game in and game out. He’s too inconsistent and there’s too many nights that he takes off and is a complete non-factor. No BS I’ve been at several games and thought that he was scratched or not in the lineup only to look at the bench and see him there. It’s extremely frustrating.

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