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NHL Rumors: Philadelphia Flyers Cannot Give Up on James van Riemsdyk

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 29:  James van Riemsdyk #21 of the Philadelphia Flyers in action against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 29, 2011 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Hurricanes 5-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJune 21, 2012

The Philadelphia Flyers cannot give up on James van Riemsdyk and trade him before next season whether he's part of a trade package for Columbus Blue Jackets star Rick Nash or any other player.

Van Riemsdyk is one of the most talented young forwards in the game, and he's not been able to reach his potential yet because an injury hurt his development this year

He's been rumored as a player who could be included in a deal for Nash, and Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch has the latest on JVR's thinking.

Have it on good authority #Flyers James van Riemsdyk would be more than willing to come to #CBJ if such a trade came to pass.

— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) June 21, 2012

Even if van Riemsdyk doesn't mind playing with the Blue Jackets, the Flyers cannot trade the young winger until he plays another full season and proves that he can be a superstar forward.

Last summer, the Flyers invested $25.5 million over six years to keep JVR in Philadelphia for the long term. If they were willing to commit that kind of money to him last year, then it doesn't make sense to get rid of him after just one injury-plagued season.

Before this past season, van Riemsdyk played two full NHL seasons and missed a combined 10 games. He scored 35 points in the 2009-10 season, and 40 points in 2010-11.

With more NHL experience and without any major injuries holding him back, van Riemsdyk will become a consistent 30-goal scorer in the NHL very soon.

At 23 years old, the Flyers shouldn't make a bold trade and get rid of van Riemsdyk before seeing his talents reach their peak.


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