JvR out with concussion

Everybody wondering “What’s wrong with James van Riemsdyk?” now has an answer, so they can stop gnashing their teeth and rending their garments over it.

From the desk of Flyers GM Paul Holmgren late this morning:

“James was hit in the head in each of our last two games. He reported yesterday, not feeling like himself. He will be out indefinitely with a concussion.”

I agree with some sentiments over the internets today, that there’s a new way to mask injury issues: rampant trade rumors.

Van Riemsdyk was limited to 15 shifts totaling 10:32 on ice in Thursday’s 3-2 win on Long Island, and 18 shifts totaling 13:54 on ice in  Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Carolina. Making this all the more curious is the toughness in isolating either hit Holmgren is talking about, since any contact he received wasn’t close to the order of Steve Staios’ flying Spanish Archer (El Bow) to the head of Max Talbot two days ago.

Thanks to the magic of video and the skills of Randy Miller, here’s the hit — by Ottawa’s Bobby Butler who was his teammate at New Hampshire — which is likely to have triggered the episode, which in fact occurred seven days ago during the Flyers’ 3-2 OT win over the Senators in Philly:

And, of course, that “indefinitely” sends up immediate red flags, but remember — that’s just a placeholder until a good bead on the ebb in symptoms occurs. Can we trust that it’s more to the Claude Giroux side than the Chris Pronger side at this point? Yep.

But Pronger chimed in this afternoon, and still sounded very despondent:

“It is very, very tough right now. I don’t feel well and it hurts so much not to be playing.”

You can just feel the hurt coming through. An eerie reminder of what it was like for Keith Primeau, whose career was cut short after Alexander Perezhogin did the dirt to him in Montreal back in October of 2005.