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James van Riemsdyk out 4-6 weeks (foot fracture)

Posted on: March 2, 2012 2:49 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 3:03 pm
JVR has 11 goals and 13 assists this season in 43 games. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

James van Riemsdyk is having a tough season in Philly. It was made tougher on Friday when the team announced that he is going to miss the next 4-6 weeks with a broken foot suffered when he blocked shot on Thursday.

"James will have surgery on Mar. 6 to repair a broken bone in his left foot," general manager Paul Holmgren said in a team release. "Dr. Steven Raikin will put a plate in to help with the healing process. James will be out 4-6 weeks."

Last summer after the Flyers traded away franchise pillars Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, they had a lot of reshaping to do with the team. Part of that was getting players to fill the void left by those two in the scoring department.

One of the ways they attempted to do that was by showing a big commitment to van Riemsdyk with a new six-year contract calling for $4.25 million annually despite two seasons with numbers that you wouldn't think fit the bill.

The hope though was that he would build on it. It was a deal given out more for potential, for their belief in his growth than what he had achieved in his two seasons. Some of that had to be based on his playoff performance where he had seven goals in the 11 games the Flyers played.

It's just that this season hasn't gone exactly as planned in taking the next step. He's battled injuries a few times this season already -- including a concussion -- as well as plenty of trade rumors. His name was suggested a lot as one that could be sent out of town to help with the Flyers' other needs.

In the 43 games he has played thus far he has 11 goals and 13 assists. If he is out for the six-week time span within that recovery timetable, that could take him all the up to the end of the season. Then it becomes a question of what kind of shape will he be in for playoff hockey.

Now here is video of the play that caused the injury. Ouch.

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Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:19 pm

James van Riemsdyk out 4-6 weeks (foot fracture)

what can you do? the contract was hefty, but i see why he did it. i understand this one way more than others he's slapped together.
My gripe with the contract had quite a list, for example,:
  • The timing.  With such a drastic new roster, I thought it would have been better to extend him earlier or later.  If he was going to be a "core" piece, why not sign him in June?    August made no sense to me given the gigantic size of the contract.
  • The price.  There was no basis for JVR to get that much money in a contract as an RFA.   Couture's contract was signed before JVR's and the crazy Myer contract was more of a "message" from the owner to the organization and fanbase.    The market didn't put JVR in that pay range.
  • JVR's accomplishments.  He hadn't done anything outside a few nice playoff games and his development to that point had been extremely slow and full of potholes.   He had less than 40 goals in 150 games and his icetime was almost exclusively offensive situations with little defensive responsibility ever given to him.   The kid didn't do anything to warrant a contract of that size and length as an unrestricted free agent.
  • The roster and cap situation at the time.   Too much salary on the books on questionable contracts or on players with diminishing return imminent in 1 or 2 year's time.    To position the Flyers as serious contenders, better to have the extra million and a half (or more) for the 2013-2014 seasons and risk paying more later.   With Pronger (before injury), Briere, Bryzgalov(?), and the terribly deficient prospect pool, every cap dollar is needed to shore up depth to augment their declining skills, especially next year with Timmonen and Hartnell on their last year of their deals.   

Keeping him was one thing, but in terms of managing the cap and maximizing the chances of winning a cup in the next 2 years (Holmgren usually very short-term) this contract made no sense to me.     There were so many red flags on this kid that anything beyond a 2 year deal seemed like a reckless gamble, better to sign him earlier for two years or later after he proved himself.

As it stands now, JVR and his agent would have been likely to agree to a much smaller contract at a similar length.   It was a reckless gamble like Holmgren often makes.   This one caught up with him.   Even if JVR outplays his contract, he will be getting much more (cap hit) than he should be getting for a long time.  

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 5:18 pm

James van Riemsdyk out 4-6 weeks (foot fracture)

it certainly backfired bob, but i don't think Homer's crystal ball showed him concussions, broken bones, etc after his dominating playoffs last year. what can you do? the contract was hefty, but i see why he did it. i understand this one way more than others he's slapped together.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:44 pm

James van Riemsdyk out 4-6 weeks (foot fracture)

He's lucky it missed his face, there are so many close calls with all these blocked shots, the technique must be perfect.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:15 pm

James van Riemsdyk out 4-6 weeks (foot fracture)

Nice Extension Paul

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