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Report: Flyers’ van Riemsdyk Drawing Interest from 4 Teams



James van Riemsdyk. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)
Flyers LW James van Riemsdyk smiles Sunday after scoring a goal against Seattle goalie Philipp Grubauer. Photo: AP.

James van Riemsdyk appears to be the most likely player on the Philadelphia Flyers to be dealt before the March 3 trade deadline.

The 33-year-old left winger has drawn interest from the Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Winnipeg Jets, and Vegas Golden Knights, according to Elliotte Friedman of SportsNet.

As mentioned a few weeks ago, van Riemsdyk now lives in Minnesota in the offseason, so the Wild would seem like a natural fit.

Van Riemsdyk could help a team with his net-front presence on the power play. The Central Jersey native has nine goals and 22 points in 36 games. He hasn’t enhanced¬† his trade value recently, scoring just twice over his last 13 games.

Based on trades of similar players, the Philadelphia Flyers might get a second-round draft selection for van Riemsdyk. He is in the final year of a five-year, $35 million contract that has an annual $7 million cap hit, and he can become an unrestricted free agent in July.

Writing on the wall

In an interview with Philly Hockey Now earlier this season, the player they call JVR seemed resigned to the fact that he would be dealt.

“At this point, you’re more of a realist when it comes to situations (like this),” he said. “Anytime you’re in the last year of your contract, things like this can be talked about. ”

Van Riemsdyk said he enjoys being in Philadelphia — which drafted him No. 2 overall in 2007, and isn’t far from his New Jersey roots — and “love the group we have.”

He is even fond of coach John Tortorella.

“I’ve really enjoyed playing for Torts,” he said. “I think he’s done a good job as far as getting things reset and the direction they want to go.”

Van Riemsdyk was asked if he would like playing for a Stanley Cup contender.

“Ultimately, the thing that drives me is wanting to win,” he said. “So, ideally, yeah , you want to find a a situation” like that.

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