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Will the Sharks go after James van Riemsdyk?

Jun 21, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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According to CSNBayArea’s Kevin Kurz, the odds of the San Jose Sharks landing Columbus’ Rick Nash aren’t great. The Blue Jackets are reportedly insisting on the inclusion of Logan Couture in any potential Nash deal, which doesn’t make a ton of sense from San Jose’s perspective.

After all, Couture is much younger, far cheaper, and coming off back-to-back 30-plus goal seasons.

So if the San Jose Sharks have to abandon their pursuit of Nash, what should their next move be? Kurz thinks James van Riemsdyk would make for an intriguing consolation prize.

San Jose was reportedly interested in van Riemsdyk back at the trade deadline and it wouldn’t be surprising if Philadelphia dealt him over the summer. After all, James van Riemsdyk is about to start a six-year $25.5 million deal and getting him off the books would go a long way to ease the Flyers’ cap problems.

It’s safe to assume that van Riemsdyk would be cheaper to obtain than Rick Nash via a trade, but at the same time, the Flyers aren’t likely to send him away if all they’re getting out of it is cap space. van Riemsdyk hasn’t lived up to his potential, but he’s still young. He could certainly break out next year and end up looking good despite his $4.25 million annual cap hit. Philadelphia will probably factor that in.

It’s also worth noting that van Riemsdyk has been rumored to be involved in a potential Rick Nash deal, but as we recently discussed, getting Nash might not be in Philadelphia’s best interests.

At any rate, a van Riemsdyk-to-San Jose deal is certainly an interesting possibility, and just one of the potential stories to keep in mind as we approach the NHL Entry Draft and unrestricted free agent period.

  1. mclovinhockey - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    But who can the sharks give for equal value?? I would not mind pickle… But not sure if that’s good enough.

  2. eastcoastcynic - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Caveat Emptor: Are the Flyers trying to get rid of JVR due to hockey related issues? If the Sharks want another scoring forward, they should also consider Kane in WPG. The price may not be as high and we know that his issues are not hockey related but rather the rumor that he stiffs waiters out of tips and doesn’t pay for his meals.

  3. supr49er - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    I’ve also heard JVR for Bobby Ryan rumors.

  4. sanjosecupcrazy - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Fantastic — another underachieving player for the Sharks. We’ve cornered the market on those types.

  5. mydadyourmom - Jun 21, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    He’s soft, so yes they probably want him.

  6. broadstbully33 - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    jvr like most power forwards dont come of age until 25. he has shown flashes of dominance and i believe he will be that 40 goal pf but not on a very deep flyers offense.

  7. icdogg - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    I like JVR. Wouldn’t mind if he stayed on the Flyers, but with the tough cap situation, he’s one of the guys they have to think about moving.

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