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Flyers waive Vande Velde, Rinaldo ready to return

Jan 29, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT

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The day after he partook in Philly’s 5-0 shellacking of Detroit, Chris Vande Velde has been placed on waivers.

The move is reportedly to clear roster space for Zac Rinaldo, set to return on Thursday in Anaheim after missing the last 10 games with a high ankle sprain.

Vande Velde, 26, signed a one-year pact with the Flyers in December and went on to appear in 17 games, registering one assist while averaging close to eight minutes a game. He was used primarily as a fourth-line, penalty-killing center, though Adam Hall‘s superior faceoff ability limited some of the situations Vande Velde could be used in.

As for Rinaldo, he suffered the ankle sprain on Jan. 9, but has recovered faster than the original six-week timetable provided by Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.

The injury came at a time when the agitating forward had firmly established himself as a regular presence in the Philly lineup, as Rinaldo was one of just nine players to appear in Philly’s first 44 games of the year.

The 23-year-old led the Flyers with 101 penalty minutes and 135 hits at the time of his injury, averaging 7:30 of ice-time per-game.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    I know folks outside of Philly will say the same old things about Rinaldo: “Dirty, no talent, scumbag, etc”, but there’s no denying the energy he brings. One thing you can’t say about Rinaldo is that he gives up on plays or doesn’t go full-speed enough, the guy is a ball of energy. Now sometimes that relentlessness translates into dumb decisions but I’ve seen enough of him to consider him a part of the young forward core. There have been times where a hit or fight by Rinaldo upped the energy level of the entire team. And he’s a clear upgrade over Vandevelde.

    • hockey412 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      I am outside of Philly and I do think that Rinaldo is a dirty, no talent scumbag (you forgot to say “that has no clue what a puck looks like”), but you really only need to look at the record and also the WAY the Flyers have lost since 1/9 to see that what you are saying must be true.

      Whether he should be that important to the team or not, who knows.

      • twpguy1964 - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM

        When you learn the game, then try to criticize someone elses comments. You should stick to figure skating!

      • hockey412 - Jan 30, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        Did you even READ the comment? I was agreeing with him. You really think that anyone that doesn’t care for Rinaldo just doesn’t know the game? hahahahaha thank you, boob.

    • goodolejr - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      I can understand the hate directed towards him, he’s one of those players you hate to play against but love when he’s on your team. Fact is though, he’s a decent 4th liner who can, as of late, help on the PK. He’s definitely controlled a lot of his reckless play from him first year with the Flyers and that’s helped him become more effective on the ice. Not to mention he’s quietly, in my opinion, one of the fastest guys on the team. THAT is another thing the Flyers desperately need.

    • twpguy1964 - Jan 29, 2014 at 7:59 PM

      Only jealous people, and people who don’t know the game hate Rinaldo! He’s an aggressive guy who goes overboard sometimes but he’s a valuable guy to have on a team. You’ll have the trolls who whine about him, that usually whine about everything so who cares really.

  2. cofran2004 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Hope he clears waivers…. ADK could certainly use him back.

  3. eagles512 - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Yeah Rinaldo always plays really hard. Hopefully as he gets older, he plays smarter.

  4. puckmepuckyou - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    The kid is a wrecking ball. He plays hard and hits heavy. Great 4th liner. HIs style of play has changed a lot since his rookie campaign. He WAS a dirty behind the play guy but most of that is behind him. He is quicker on his skates now and smarter with his hits. Glad to see him back.

    • hockey412 - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Smarter is a relative term though. He’s still the most penalized Flyer (even after missing 10 games) and is still the 7th most penalized player in the league – that’s saying a lot after missing 10.

      No doubt he gives a ‘spark’ but to me he’s the equivalent of setting Brooks Orpik free from his defensive responsibilities, to just skate around and hit people. They could do that, buy why?

      • twpguy1964 - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        Bottom line is, If the Flyers waived him, YOUR team and others would jump at the opportunity to get him. AGAIN you’ve been straightened out!

      • hockey412 - Jan 30, 2014 at 8:16 AM

        You have absolutely no reason to think that. If anyone took him it would be conditional (no risk on a waiver pick up) that he straightens his game out and stops taking as many dumb penalties as he does. The original commenter said that he’s smarter that the previous year – I actually agree with that. However, smarter is relative and just because he’s smarter than last year doesn’t mean he’s not still one of the dumbest in the league. There is a chance other teams would take him, there always is – but no, I don’t think anyone would JUMP at the chance at a Rinaldo….there are a lot of others in this league like him. I would take Sestito WAY before Rinaldo.

  5. sndflyers - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    If you’re a non flyers fan talking about rinaldo, you clearly haven’t watched him in over a year dating back to last year he has been extremely effective in his role, as well as drawing penalties and chipping in on the penalty kill when asked. Don’t let a perceived reputation be the basis for a subjective ignorant argument. Anyone who disagrees: I challenge you to find the last time he took a dirty penalty or did any of the garbage people think he’s known for. Prove me wrong.

    • mcphillthy - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:56 PM

      Well said. I would hate rinaldo too if I played against him. Luckily I get to cheer for him instead. Very glad to see him back in the line up.

    • hockey412 - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:15 AM

      This year he has taken many more penalties than he’s drawn and he’s a -2 player. These are statistics…what was that about subjective ignorant comments again? He’s been out since he beginning of January, but I know earlier this season he was ejected for a pretty ugly elbow on Grabovsky, right? Then there was the 27 penalty minutes he earned in December after FOUR SECONDS of ice time for jumping Roussel in the Dallas game (which was cowardly, unprovoked, and should have been suspendable), I saw an excellent GIF of him trying to kill Carter Ashton with an elbow, too. So…..

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