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Report: James van Riemsdyk “more than willing” to accept Columbus trade

Jun 20, 2012, 10:45 PM EDT

James van Riemsdyk AP

Philadelphia Flyers power forward James van Riemsdyk escaped last season’s trade deadline despite plenty of speculation that he might be moved. Now that draft day has morphed into the “other” trade deadline, his name is coming up again. Columbus beat reporter Aaron Portzline reports that JVR would accept life as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets if a trade happened.

Here’s the exact wording of that intriguing Tweet:

Have it on good authority ‪#Flyers‬ James van Riemsdyk would be more than willing to come to ‪#CBJ‬ if such a trade came to pass.

A draft day trade between the Blue Jackets and Flyers involving a recently-signed player who disappointed Philly in some way? This sounds vaguely familiar, doesn’t it? Portzline’s claim that the American forward “would be more than willing” to play for Columbus breaks from the Jeff Carter script, though, so maybe a groundhog day deal isn’t that far-fetched.

Perhaps JVR might feel a bit like Jack Johnson did when he was traded from the Los Angeles Kings. He’d be able to be “the man” – or at least a far more prominent presence – in Columbus than he might ever be in Philly. (It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of the Flyers’ legion of skilled forwards, after all.)

Of course, there’s a big difference between being open-minded about getting moved and a trade actually happening. Still, it’s fun to imagine the types of deals that could bring JVR to Ohio.

(Yes, feel free to discuss Rick Nash. It’s only natural.)

  1. broadstbully33 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    jvr fell even further down tje depth chart when we gor voracek schenn simmer and of course shut down specialist coots. but he needs to be trades for a top flight defensman. weber is the only acceptable player worth a jvr schenn and mab package not nash please not nash if u must get a forward its either parise or ryan…pref the cherry hill native ryan im sure he hurts as much as fans do for a cup in philly

    • ravenscaps48 - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:05 AM

      What grade did you quit school? Holy Cow, look at all of those misspellings and gramatical errors!

      • sheckyrimshot - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:29 AM

        dear pot,

        you spelled “grammatical” wrong…

        best regards,
        kettle

      • ravenscaps48 - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:53 AM

        Sorry about that. I have no excuse. But missing one letter in one word is much better than missing a few in every word

      • lfsportsnut - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        You also capitalized COW and didnt capitalize LOOK. So you have 3 errors dope!

    • martysbetter - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:08 AM

      Why would anyone want to trade a top defensemen for JVR and Luke Schenn’s little brother?

      • emoser - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        Because everyone knows that being the older brother automatically = better. Who wouldn’t choose Cooper Manning over Peyton or Eli as their team’s feature QB?

  2. rhornsburg - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Don’t want Nash. If JvR is getting traded to Columbus, it better be for the #2 overall to grab Ryan Murray. He’ll never replace Pronger, but he’ll be good enough for the time being.

  3. murtdurt - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    It’s funny listing to flyers fan say they don’t want nash. Until once they get him which they will then tell everyone who will listen that he’s the missing piece…LOL

    • phillyphever - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      No, most of us would go find Homer and tar and feather him for ruining our cap space for the next 6 years. $7.8 mil for an overrated softie is not worth trading for.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM

        “over-rated softie” eh? thats rich. i believe someone else on this forum pointed out, rick nash has been a top 6 forward on team canada for the last 10 years including juniors, worlds, olympics…including good numbers (point per game) and silvers and gold. with the greatest pool of players to choose from in the world, team canada keeps him on their squad. i would take him on my team and anyone would be a fool to NOT want him on your team if the price is right. he’s been a good guy for columbus, he’s a good player on a terrible team and has handled that with class and loyalty over the years. it gets to a point where you need to win something if you’re at his skill level and you cant fault him for wanting out at this point.

      • phillyphever - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:50 PM

        If the price was right? There’s no way I’m taking that cap hit for the next 6 years. I rather pry Weber out of Nashville with that coin instead. BTW, he wouldn’t last long with the media here (see Bryz).

  4. anthonycarch22 - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    I dont no why everyone is assuming jvr is going to Columbus for Nash. Flyers need defense ( jack johnson). JVR and Matt Read for Johnson.

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    They should honor the 20th anniversary of the Lindros deal by trading JVR twice.

  6. mclovinhockey - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Nash is a huge cap hit with fluctuating numbers. I would much rather go for Ryan, however we do need D. JJ would not be a good pick up, there is a reason the kings got better when they got rid of him. JJ said he didn’t care about the other players, he is a cancer to the locker room.

    I would love murray, but let’s be reasonable, our chances are slim on that deal.

    What I would really love is to send JVR to Montreal for Josh Georges.
    He is an undersized D but has a ton of heart, blocks shots like crazy and rarely makes mistakes. Pretty much he is a young kimmo tinmonen. I’d trade JVR for him.

  7. rushledger - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:10 AM

    Columbus wouldn’t trade jack Johnson they just got him and he wants to be there unlike carter maybe they’d trade the LA 1st round and player or 2nd rounder but Johnson’s not moving and it take more than JVR to take away the #2 pick when Columbus is going through a rebuild

  8. sjsharks66 - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    If anyone wants jack Johnson on their team they are retarded. He’s probably the worst defensemen in the league.

  9. dbick - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    JVR’s trade situation seems to change on a weekly basis.

  10. bcisleman - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    At the end of the day, JVR, Bob and picks probably gets Nash deal done. Only better prospect for CBJ is if VAN decides to trade Schneider instead of Luongo–who may be every bit as untradeable as I thought. Schneider, Kassian, picks / prospects might be most attractive to CBJ.

  11. sjv72 - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    I love how people on here talk about spelling instead of hockey. Idiot’s.

    I’d hate to lose JVR , but getting Nash would be a good addition . Him being on a good team like the Flyers would be a good fit.

  12. mclovinhockey - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Just saying for 8 mill I would rather have bobby Ryan and josh Georges over Nash. Philly needs D, not a player making 8 mill a year to do something Philly does 3 times a game anyway.

    Idk, why did the leafs want to trade Luke Schenn and a 2nd rounder for JVR??? Cause he has talent but Philly doesn’t need him to continue scoring sprees

  13. broadstbully33 - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    gramatical…classic and u jump on me, sorry my touch screen was wet.
    its a comment section so stop being a english teacher and get over the vocab if u know what im saying and maybe make a hockey comment

  14. mclovinhockey - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    After looking at the talent the jackets have I have to say, the only thing they have that Philly could use is their pick. I could see JVR and bob for Allen York and the 1st round pick. This isn’t a very talented draft and york is nothing special, Philly clears cap and gets hopefully Murray in the pick to help out their D. The jackets get a top 6 forward they needed and a possible new starting goalie.
    The deal makes sense for both teams but highly unlikely.

  15. sjv72 - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    I’d take bobby Ryan to . All of those forwards would be good . But we definitely have to pick up a shut down defenseman .

  16. hoarce7 - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    As a Flyer supporter, I’m definitely hoping he’s one player the team sends packing prior to the new season. I’ve had enough of this guy and the so-called expectations he’s supposed to have brought to the Flyers since he arrived on the scene. He’s done absolutely nothing since coming to the big club, not to mention he’s injury prone and quite frankly very lazy. Get rid of him now!!!

    • jpelle82 - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      i wondered why they paid him so well in the first place. he’s making giroux type money for a long time, definitely not worth it. if they can get a decent pick for him, i would shop him too. flyers have proven they draft well over the past few years but they always make a dumb free agent move it seems like every other year…signing pronger and bryzgalov til eternity sure does suck right now. at least dumping JVR will open some of that money up. losing jagr helps too.

  17. drunkbro - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    I would love nash, but the theory that you can outscore an opposing team with average defense and goaltending has been disproved. Flyers were 2nd in scoring last season and must improve defense first, otherwise they will continue their cup drought

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