Whispers of an expected concussion diagnosis swarmed around Flyers’ rookie James van Riemsdyk on Wednesday, after he was forced to leave Tuesday’s contest against the Washington Capitals due to having his “bell rung” and not feeling well enough to return.
However, JVR has passed all baseline concussion tests and is cleared to play. But despite the clean bill of health it is still unknown whether he will be activated for Thursday’s match up against the Pittsburgh Penguins. If he isn’t in the lineup, Arron Asham will replace him next to Claude Giroux and Darroll Powe.
Update: JVR is NOT expected to be in the line up versus the Penguins.
“I feel a lot better today so that’s a good sign,” said JVR. “No symptoms no headaches, everything looks pretty good so far. I’m going to go to the rink tomorrow and see how I feel.”
The Flyers should be smart with this all-to-familiar scenario and hold JVR out until the team heads to Florida to face the Panthers on Oct. 16. After Saturday’s game against Anaheim at home on the 10th, the Flyers don’t play for six days. That break should help resolve any lingering issues with JVR’s valuable hockey brain.
The Flyers earned a Pyrrhic victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, winning the game 5-4 in OT but losing forwards Blair Betts and James van Riemsdyk to injuries.
Betts separated his shoulder in the third period and was said by general manager Paul Holmgren to miss at least four weeks.
JVR got his “bell rung” in the second period according to Holmgren. So sticking with their reputation of having players with severe brain problems, the Flyers sent him back to play in the third period. JVR said he didn’t feel right and left the game for good in the third. According to the Flyers, he will be reevaluated on Wednesday.
Barring a major line shake up, Ian Laperriere will take over for Betts as fourth-line center. The Flyers will activate Arron Asham and Riley Cote from the inactive list with Asham replacing JVR as third-line winger.
For much of the preseason, the major roster question was who general manager Paul Holmgren was going to decide to keep with the big club — James van Riemsdyk, Mika Pyorala or Blair Betts. But according to Holmgren, the Flyers want all three.
“If we were submitting rosters tomorrow, yeah, (Pyorala, JVR and Betts) would probably would be on it,” said Holmgren.
General manager Paul Holmgren told the media that he expects to make a decision on the fate of Blair Betts sometime after Saturday’s preseason game in New Jersey. He also mentioned that the status of James van Riemsdyk and Mika Pyorala will be decided later in the week, possibly after the final preseason game versus the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
The Flyers hope to reverse their preseason woes tonight on the road against Toronto at 7 P.M. With General Manager Paul Holmgren calling out the team for lack of effort in the team’s 4-0 loss against the Maple Leafs on Thursday, look for a bit more spunk from the group. James van Riemsdyk sees his third straight game and Ray Emery will return in goal. Newly acquired Phil Kessel will not suit up for Toronto.
Here is tonight’s full roster.
James van Riemsdyk, Mike Richards, Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell, Danny Briere, David Laliberte, Dan Carcillo, Darroll Powe, Ian Laperriere, Riley Cote, Blair Betts, Mark Bell.
Matt Carle, Chris Pronger, Danny Syvret, Braydon Coburn, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, Randy Jones.
Ray Emery, Brian Boucher.
If you were in a Voorhees, N.J. GameStop late Monday night, the dejected future NHLer you saw walking away empty-handed was Flyers’ prospect and former second-overall pick James van Riemsdyk. Van Riemsdyk tried his best to pick up a copy of EA Sports’ highly anticipated title NHL 10. But let it be known that even potential future cover models for the game don’t get early copies.
It may not have been a real game, but it was the closest thing so far.
The Flyers held two intra-squad scrimmages on Tuesday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., one being dominated by Jeff Carter and the other Ray Emery.
The Flyers did not have to wait until the AHL season got underway for James Van Riemsdyk to suddenly turn it on.
The former second-overall selection in the 2007 draft dominated in the third annual Flyers – Capitals rookie scrimmage, scoring four goals and assisting on one, as the Flyers walloped the Capitals, 7-3, Friday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J.
On Monday, the greenest Flyers gather in Voorhees, N.J., to begin another week-long conditioning camp. And although camp this year is less exciting than its recent predecessors, it still makes for some interesting story lines.
Flyers’ prospect and Phantoms’ forward James van Riemsdyk scored his first pro goal and assist on Wednesday, in the Phantoms’ 4-3 loss to the Albany River Rats.
The first play shown is his assist and second is his goal.