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Report: van Riemsdyk holding off on surgery is preventing Philly from dealing him

Jun 11, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

It’s never a dull moment for the Philadelphia Flyers in the offseason and this summer is already shaping up no differently.

NBC Philadelphia’s Howard Eskin reports the Flyers are upset with forward James van Riemsdyk for delaying getting his torn labrum operated on. This delay is reportedly screwing with the Flyers’ desires to make a big offseason trade and the main man they’re taking an interest in is Columbus captain Rick Nash.


There’s no secret the Blue Jackets have been exploring trades for Nash. They’ve been doing that since before the trade deadline and the offseason is expected to see things fire up again. While the Jackets are looking at possibly hiring John Davidson to potentially rebuild the team’s relationship with Nash, it seems clear things have soured there enough so moving Nash is almost expected at this point.

The Flyers’ interest in Nash is nothing new as they were believed to have interest but had no need to go blowing up a team that was rolling into the playoffs. After getting bumped out in the second round of the playoffs and GM Paul Holmgren’s willingness to make radical changes, doubting how serious Philly is in exploring acquiring Nash would be unwise.

For what it’s worth, Philly has enough of the potential pieces in place to appease Columbus in a deal. They have forward talent (van Riemsdyk among others), a goalie (Sergei Bobrovsky), and an available first round pick (20th overall). Columbus and Philly also have trading history swinging the big Jeff Carter deal ahead of last year’s draft.

Update (11:12 a.m. ET): Holmgren tells Sarah Baicker of van Riemsdyk’s surgery was delayed because of a foot infection and all other speculation is false.

Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch says any talk of a deal being held up by injury is “totally bogus.”

  1. cerealrapist - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:06 AM

    Yes, Bobrovsky is “a goalie.” But a talented goalie, with a bright future worth trading for?

    • blkeskimo1785 - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      Can’t be worse than what they already have in Columbus.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      Don’t believe a thing ESKIN says he’ is trying to make up for not having the breaking news about the eiggles last week the team he runs around like a little lap dog for !

  2. phillyfan76 - Jun 11, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    Looks like Eskin is fishing again. Howard Eskin used to be somewhat reliable, when dealing with the Eagles. He is a hack! He makes stuff up constantly, just to get people to pay attention to him. Could the Flyers be interested in Nash? Absolutely. But this isn’t news, they were looking at him at the deadline. I just don’t believe that the Flyers are mad at JVR for not getting surgery, because they want to deal him.

  3. tackledummy1505 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Bad deal, I don’t like Nash for this club. He hasnt shown dominance in years and he’s older than much of the players we have. Holmgren might be looking at draft picks in the 1st. Since a few teams have reported they want out of it

  4. broadstbully33 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    i would love nash next to G but not for 7.8mill. and their biggest need is a 1 defense man. it would be stupid to part with assets for a player we have no need for

  5. flyers22 - Jun 11, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    while I dont doubt the flyers have had conversations with them about nash this article is such a joke im sorry but there is no way the flyers are mad at jvr because he delayed surgery. First off no player delays a surgery to prevent themselves from being traded. It doesnt matter who you are if a team is going to trade you then you are going to be traded. Secondly i doubt holmgren is going to deal for a 30-40 goal scorer who has a cap hit of 7.8 million when our offense is already full of goal scorers. If jvr gets traded its going to be for a young defenseman. Also dont believe anything that comes from howard eskins mouth

  6. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    whatever filthy does will only put them that much further away from winning a cup. 1975 soup can army.

  7. bcjim - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    If I were jvr, I’d do everything possible to avoid being dealt to Cbus too.

    I’d have that thing ready to go for the first game, not a day sooner.

  8. jimw81 - Jun 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    This time last year eskin predicted that Richie and Cartsey would be traded. I’ll do the deal if blue jackets throw in defenseman or goalie. Imagine Nash on a line with giroux and jagr. That would be sick.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM

      He didn’t predict Richards and Carters were going to be traded.
      He reported that the Flyers were willing to trade Richards or Carter.

      He has sources and hear things, and reports them, he does not have a crystal ball.

      At least Nash to Philly is a more realistic off-season scenario than the silly Stamkos is going to Philly foolishness we had to listen from teenage know-nothing Flyer fans last year.

      • biasedhomer - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:51 PM

        There were plenty of rumors of the Flyers pursuit of Stamkos, but please live in ignorance since you know everything that happens behind the scenes.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        I know he was a RFA and TB was going to match any offer and said as much.

        What else was there to know?
        Nobody with half a brain thought Stamkos was going anywhere.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:02 PM

        And Oh and yes there were plenty of rumors, all from radio know-nothings and bleacherreport know-nothings. While every hockey person said nothing to see here Stamkos isn’t going anywhere

    • ballistictrajectory - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      What would be sicker is having the three watching the SCF with the players traded away still playing….

    • phillyfan76 - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      I do not doubt that the Flyers have an interest in acquiring Nash. I do not doubt that they would be willing to part with JVR. I do doubt that the Flyers are upset with him about not getting the surgery, and that it was holding up a deal. Eskin may have sources, but he also loves to create rifts and stir pots. Here is an article by a Flyers’ writer who is objective and has some good sources, it may clarify the situation.

  9. paulsdamnblog - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    I could understand the attraction to Nash if the Flyers needed offense, but they don’t. Not to beat the dead defense horse here, but that is what they need. However, is Howson still calling the shots in Columbus? Then maybe it’s a deal for Nash and their # 1 pick. He gave up a ton to get Carter, why not a ton for JVR? Or is it a 3 way deal, for the Flyers to bring in a top flight d-man?

  10. thedavesiknowiknow - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Good to see Philly has it figured out, Flashy forwards win cups.

  11. thedavesiknowiknow - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Good to see Philly has it figured out: making a trade every time a flashy forward is available is a sure-fire way to win cups.

  12. philly4lyfe - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    No one with half a brain? I guess that counts you out.

  13. dawglb - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    JVR is proving to be another Jeff Carter. He will be a huge baby since he is in trade rumors. He needs his labia worked on before he gets his labrum done! He is proving to be a tool, too.

    • phillyfan76 - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      Give him a chance! Everyone expects instant gratification. Let the kid mature. He is still very young, and has a ton of upside.

  14. superdave426 - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Why doesn’t he want to start a war of words with that hack Eskin? Maybe he is like me the second I hear Eskin’s voice I tune to another station, what a tool.

  15. stakex - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    I dont understand why the Flyers would have such a desire to get Nash. Their offense looked really good this year… it was the back end that absolutely killed them. Adding Nash isn’t going to make the Flyers any better if they don’t do something about their defense, and adding $7.8 million in cap space is going to make that really hard.

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