Philadelphia Flyers left wing James van Riemsdyk was candid when talking about trade talk surrounding any member of his team.
That player is him.
It might not happen in the next few weeks, but the 33-year-old van Riemsdyk seems resigned to the fact that there’s a good chance he’ll be on another team by the March 3 trade deadline.
“At this point, you’re more realistic when it comes to situations (like this),” van Riemsdyk said Monday. is going to go down the road or not. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, but obviously you focus on each day.”
To his credit, van Riemsdyk is having a quality season that should be a good pick for the Philadelphia Flyers when/if they deal him. He missed nearly six weeks with finger surgery, but played very well before and after the injury, posting 11 points (five goals, six assists) and a plus-3 rating in 12 games.
Although the Flyers are coming off another dismal season, van Riemsdyk loves playing in Philadelphia, not far from his Central Jersey roots, and new coach John Tortorella.
“I love being here. I love the group we have,” he said. “I really liked playing at Torts. I think he’s done a good job of resetting some things and the direction they need to go. I think you can see it in the way we play. Maybe the results aren’t where we’d like them to be, but we’re in the right place in a lot of these games and we just have to find a way to come through and get some (better) results.”
As for the trade, Van Riemsdyk said he’s “just trying to control what I can control, the day-to-day stuff.”
Does he welcome playing for a Stanley Cup contender?
“At the end of the day, what drives me is the desire to win, so ideally, yes, you want to find a situation (like that). … That’s obviously what drives me every summer, honestly. Every day I prepare myself, you want a chance to win. But there’s also a process of focusing on the things that lie ahead of you on a daily basis.
“At this point, I know those are realistic thoughts and people are trying to put two and two together, the last year of your contract, where we are in the standings, to talk about these things.”
Reunited with Hexie?
Maybe he ends up in Pittsburgh and reunites with Penguins GM Ron Hextall, who signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the Flyers on July 1, 2018.
Maybe he’ll end up in Washington and be teammates with his brother Trevor.
Maybe the New York Rangers, his favorite youth team, will call.
Or maybe they’ll hand him over to another trophy contender.
Wherever he ends up, van Riemsdyk will bring a hard-working, positive attitude and direct scoring that will help a team in need.