It’s been a chaotic week for the Philadelphia Flyers. Lukas Sedlak left the team, returning to his homeland, the Czech Republic, to resume his hockey career there. On Thursday, coach John Tortorella watched Kevin Hayes bench him in his third period — Hayes, the Flyers’ leading scorer, against the New York Rangers on Saturday. And Jeff Marek added the Flyers name to NHL trade talk on Hockey Night in Canada.
Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher will hear offers regarding James van Riemsdyk during the 32-minute segment, according to Marek.
“The Philadelphia Flyers made him available,” Marek said. “The actual cash here is $5 million (and) $1 million was already paid as a bonus last summer. The cap is $7 million … and the Flyers might as well eat some of that to make James van Riemsdyk more palatable to a team looking at it.”
Marek believes he would be a good fit for a team looking for power play help and certainly a playoff team. van Riemsdyk will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
The only other pending Flyers UFA is defenseman Justin Brown.
Van Riemsdyk, 33, has put up points this season and could become one of the more attractive prospects on the NHL trade market. He has five goals and 11 points in 12 games. He scored a goal in Saturday’s 6-3 loss to the New York Rangers, but was minus-3. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound LW posted 24 tackles last season.
The Philadelphia Flyers are sixth from the bottom in the NHL and heading toward a lottery pick. They are next in the Eastern Conference.
The NHL holiday starts on December 23rd and runs through December 26th. During that time, teams cannot make trades or move up the roster.