After taking hits to his head in the Philadelphia Flyers’ previous two games, forward James van Riemsdyk was declared out indefinitely with a concussion, the team announced Saturday morning.
It was the latest concussion to affect the Flyers, and almost certainly would also halt reported trade talks with the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were interested in acquiring van Riemsdyk for defenceman Luke Schenn.
“James was hit in the head in each of our last two games,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement Saturday before the team’s morning skate. “He reported yesterday not feeling like himself.”
The 22-year-old Van Riemsdyk has scored 22 points this year, with 11 goals. The Leafs were interested in acquiring him to bolster their front line in a swap of 22-year-olds with Schenn, according to the Philadelphia Daily News and TSN.
But now van Riemsdyk joins a list of high-profile teammates who have succumbed to concussion issues this season, including defenceman Chris Pronger, who is out for the year.
“Any time you’re losing personnel, you don’t want that,” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette told reporters. “It’s unfortunate that it happened. I actually liked the way he was moving on that line, I liked the line, I liked the way it was moving.
“So when guys come out, it’s a setback for them, a setback for the team.”
Van Riemsdyk was playing left wing with Brayden Schenn, Luke’s brother, at center, and Wayne Simmonds at right wing.
Zac Rinaldo will replace van Riemsdyk on Saturday.
“Now Zac comes back in the lineup, brings his energy, probably move the lines around a little bit,” Laviolette said.