Another concussion plagues the Flyers.
According to an official team release on Saturday, forward James van Riemsdyk is ruled out “indefinitely” with a concussion.
“James was hit in the head in each of our last two games,” general manager Paul Holmgren said in the release. “He reported yesterday, not feeling like himself. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion.”
The injury is expected to have been suffered on Tuesday in Carolina against the Hurricanes then re-aggravated on Thursday against the New York Islanders. However, JVR did receive an illegal chicken-wing elbow from Ottawa’s Bobby Butler three games ago on Jan. 8.
Van Riemsdyk only played 10:32 of ice time against the Islanders on Thursday and was extremely limited toward the end of the contest.
With 11 goals and 11 assists in 37 games this season, van Riemsdyk is expected to be replaced by Zac Rinaldo for Saturday night’s contest against the Nashville Predators.
The Flyers’ left-winger has been the subject of rampent trade rumors, which could be halted with the new of this injury. The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 27, at 3 P.M.
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On Monday, the Carolina Hurricanes unveiled the official logo for the 2011 NHL All Star Game, which will take place on Jan. 30, 2011 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, NC.
The logo was designed in almost complete red as a hat tip to Hurricanes fans, nicknamed ‘Caniacs’, who come to home games drenched in red. The logo’s banners were influenced by the North Carolina state flag.
Due to the Olympic break in 2010, the 2011 game in Carolina will be the first since 2009, when it was held at the Bell Center in Montreal.
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Welcome to Philadelphia Chris Pronger and Ray Emery.
Emery turned aside all 28 shots faced and Pronger was a cornerstone on the blue line logging 27 minutes, as the visiting new-look Flyers dispatched the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0, Friday in the 2009-10 season opener.
“Ray looks more comfortable every day,” coach John Stevens told the media. “He looks alert, he’s finding pucks, he makes saves on effort. He was tremendous.”
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The Flyers will be showing a bit of a new look in tonight’s opener in Raleigh against the Carolina Hurricanes. Newcomers James van Riemsdyk and Mika Pyorala will play their first NHL games, while Arron Asham and Riley Cote sit out as healthy scratches. Ray Emery, Chris Pronger, Blair Betts and Ian Laperriere will be playing their first game in the Orange and Black.
After expressing interest in adding a blue liner before the start of the season, the Carolina Hurricanes have picked up former Bruin and Flyers’ defenseman Andrew Alberts for two years, $1.05 million cap hit.
“Andrew is a big, physical defenseman who should be just coming into his prime at the NHL level,” said Carolina GM Jim Rutherford. “He had a good year for the Flyers after suffering an injury the previous season, and should help solidify our blue line with his defensive presence.”
After being traded to the Flyers early in the 2008-09 season, the 6’5 defenseman had a good year, ranking third on the team in blocked shots with 133 and first in hits with 157. It is likely the Flyers did not want to see Alberts walk, but with Matt Carle and Randy Jones eating copious amount of cap money, the decision to let Alberts go was necessary.