MONTREAL, QC - MAY 22: James van Riemsdyk #21 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on from the bench against the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre on May 22, 2010 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk will not need surgery for the torn labrum in his right hip, according to an announcement from the team. Van Riemsdyk played in only 43 games in the 2011-2012 season.
"After consultation with various doctors regarding James' hip injury, we have come to the conclusion that surgery is not necessary," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said. "We will treat James' hip with alternative therapies and non-surgical procedures. It is expected that James will be 100 percent well before training camp begins."
Van Riemsdyk had a disappointing 2011-2012 season, hampered by injury and gaining only 11 goals and 24 points in 43 games. Trade rumors had circulated, including the allegation that van Riemsdyk was gaming the injury in order to delay or avoid a trade, a charge he strenuously denied:
"I love my teammates in Philadelphia. Management has treated me extremely well. Honestly, I'm the type of person that, if a team did not want me here, I would not want to be here. I certainly would not hold anything up."
Hopefully for Flyers fans, van Riemsdyk can make a full recovery and return to the kind of form he showed in his previous two seasons.