Not only did the Philadelphia Flyers suffer their first loss of the season on Saturday night, they lost one of their main additions as well. Free-agent signing James van Riemsdyk left the game with a lower-body injury.
He left the game in the first period after taking a puck to the leg.
“van Riemsdyk is hurt. And he is on one leg trying to get to the Philadelphia bench,” Jim Jackson said.
The Avalanche were trying to clear the zone on the penalty kill, and the clearing attempt hit JVR in the leg.
JVR played just 5:13 in the game, all in the first period.
The Flyers later announced that he suffered a lower-body injury and would not return.
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Hopefully it isn’t anything serious for van Riemsdyk. He has been clicking with Mikhail Vorobyev and Wayne Simmonds on the third line. If he is out for any amount of time, you could see Michael Raffl slide up onto the third line as he did after JVR left against the Avalanche.