James van Riemsdyk signed a six year deal last August in hopes of staying in Philadelphia for the majority of his career.
It only took about five months, however, until trade rumors starting swirling around the power forward, who was limited to just 43 games due to multiple injuries.
JVR survived the trade deadline but his name is, yet again, involved in even more chatter. It’s no secret that the Flyers are interested in prying Rick Nash out of Columbus and while the Flyers have a plethora of young players that the Blue Jackets or any other team would be interested in, JVR is the one that seems to be brought up time and time again.
As a young player, it has to be hard to hear your name involved in trade rumors but according to Columbus beat reporter Aaron Portzline, JVR wouldn’t mind packing his bags to join the Blue Jackets.
“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” Portzline tweeted.
Now, before Flyers fans start bashing the kid, let’s put it in perspective.
If you found out your team was shopping you, would you be thrilled to stay? Also, JVR clearly didn’t want to take the route Jeff Carter took and hide out. That didn’t work for anybody.
JVR obviously wants to stay in Philadelphia but if they don’t want him, he isn’t going to beg.