Tag:James van Riemsdyk
Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:36 am

Daily Skate: Belak's depression; Blues update

By Brian Stubits

BELAK'S DEPRESSION: Here is a very powerful piece written by Michael Landsberg at TSN, a good friend to the late Wade Belak. It's a terrific read that gives a closer look into each of their issues with depression, offering up a different perspective. Really worth a read.

ST. LOUIS SALE: The Blues are still searching for a new ownership group as Dave Checketts tries to separate himself from the franchise. A new and promising group has emerged (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) to possibly push this sale closer to a reality. The group, led by Calgary businessman and former Coyotes suitor Max Chambers, includes six-time Cup winner Bryan Trottier.

TWEET BEAT: Do you enjoy following some of the Flyers on Twitter like Ilya Bryzgalov or James van Riemsdyk? They might not be entertaining as much in the coming months. The Flyers are cracking down on how much the players Tweet during "business hours" as prospect Zac Rinaldo recently found out (from Puck Daddy/Courier Times).

QUITE A PAIR: Welcome to Detroit, Ian White. The defenseman is getting a nice signing bonus, opening training camp as the defensive partner of Nicklas Lidstrom. The other Red Wings pairings will be Brad Stuart with Niklas Kronwall then Mike Commodore will join forces with Brendan Smith when camp opens.

THE FIGHT GOES ON: The fight over fighting in the NHL has grown to an all-time high this offseason. Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun is one of those who would like to see the pugilism expunged from the sport, but believes the only way that will get done is with a strong-willed GM.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: It's awesome enough when your season tickets arrive at your house, nothing gets the blood pumping quite like seeing your admission slips. Now just imagine those season tickets being delivered by none other than Sidney Crosby? That's what a few Penguins fans got to experience.

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Posted on: August 30, 2011 12:53 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2011 1:44 pm

Flyers extend James Van Riemsdyk for six seasons

By Brian Stubits

The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed young forward James van Riemsdyk to an extension, helping them bypass restricted free agency next season.

While the team didn't say how long the contract is for other than being a multi-year deal, Van Riemsdyk spilled the beans himself, tweeting about his delight of the deal.

"Excited to sign a 6 year extension with the @NHLFlyers, love playing in Philly," Van Riemsdyk said. "Want to thank mr snider and flyers management for treating me well and showing confidence in me #firstclassorganization."

Scott Burnside of ESPN reports the deal is for $25.5 million over the six years or an annual cap hit of $4.25 million. That's a pretty hefty deal for JVR at this point, but obviously they are investing in what they think he will become, not who he is now.

A deal at that length will help the sides avoid the restricted free agency process altogether, surely a welcome result for both parties. As this summer has reminded, that can be an ugly fight. Already under contract for next season, the deal will keep JVR in black and orange until he's nearly 30.

The 22-year-old New Jersey native has shown plenty of promise in his two seasons in Philly. Last season he scored 21 goals and chipped in 19 more assists in the regular season before scoring seven goals in 11 games for the Flyers in the playoffs. He will be one of the players called on to help fill the scoring void left by Mike Richards' and Jeff Carter's exits.

It's been a good summer for JVR. First there was the appearance in an upcoming Judd Aptatow film, now this. Not bad for the offseason.

A native of the Jersey shore, Van Riemsdyk grew up a fan of the Rangers. Not any more.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 1:02 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 1:09 pm

Laperriere, fellow players to be in Apatow film

By Brian Stubits

Ian Laperriere hasn't found himself too busy when it comes to playing lately. The Masterton Trophy winner hasn't played since 2009-10 because of post-concussion issues, but the 37-year-old is still finding work.

Over the summer, Judd Apatow -- the man behind funny flicks such as Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby among many others -- was working on the follow up to Knocked Up called This is Forty when he had a part that called for a toothless man in a bar. Well when you want to find a relatively young, toothless person, where better to look than hockey?

Thanks to an official with the Flyers, Apatow and Laperriere were able to connect and the role match couldn't have been more perfect with a casting call.

The part called for a few hockey players going into a bar after a game and having some with the toothless player's false teeth. To fill in the rest of the roles, Laperriere was able to snag fellow Flyers Matt Carle, James van Riemsdyk and ex-Flyer Scottie Upshall, now with the Panthers. Dan Gross at philly.com has the full story (h/t to Puck Daddy):

"I made a fool of myself, but it was fun," Lappy told us yesterday. "I like to try different things."

It might be a good fit. As you can see from above, Laperriere already has the red carpet look down.

The flick isn't scheduled to be released until December of 2012, so you have a while before seeing the Flyers on the big screen. But if you need any other reasons to go see the movie when the time comes, it will star Megan Fox.

Photo: Getty Images

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