Former Flyers Watch, Round 1: van Riemsdyk Scores First Postseason Goal With Toronto

In Game 1 against the Boston Bruins, James van Riemsdyk scored his first postseason goal with Toronto. Read on to learn how his fellow former Flyers have fared so far in the first round of the playoffs.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders – Penguins lead series 1-0

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Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators – Senators lead series 1-0
No former Flyers are participating in this series.


Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers – Capitals lead series 1-0

Arron Asham: Ever the pain in the butt, Asham recorded 281 PIM in 150 games with the Flyers before signing with the Penguins as an unrestricted free agent in August of 2010. After two seasons in Pittsburgh, he signed a 2-year contract with the Rangers. In Game 1, he played less than five minutes and took a 2-minute minor for an illegal check to the head on Jack Hillen.

Darroll Powe: Powe was a fixture on the Flyers power play and a fan favorite during his time in Philadelphia. After six seasons in the organization, he was traded to Minnesota, where he spent two seasons before being traded to New York this past February. Powe had a quiet Game 1 with just one hit recorded in 8:40 of ice time.

Steve Eminger: Eminger was traded to the Flyers in the 2008 entry draft, and signed a one-year deal with the team on June 29. He was gone by November 7 of that same year, traded to Tampa Bay along with Steve Downie in exchange for Matt Carle and a draft pick. After bouncing around from team to team, Eminger landed with the Rangers in July 2010. He recorded 7 hits in an otherwise quiet Game 1 for the defenseman.

Marty Biron: In February of 2007, Biron was traded to the Flyers from Buffalo and became the team’s starting goaltender. He recorded 30 wins in 62 appearances that first season in Philadelphia, and was a big reason why the team made the Eastern Conference Finals that year. After spending a season with the Islanders, Biron was picked up by the Rangers on July 1, 2010, and has been Henrik Lundqvist’s backup ever since. He has not appeared in a game since March 30 of this year, and served as backup to Lundqvist in Game 1.


Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – Bruins lead series 1-0

Jaromir Jagr: Jagr spent one season with the Flyers after signing as unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2011. Jagr has yet to register a point for the Bruins but has been a fixture on their power play, leading the team in power play time.

Dennis Seidenberg: Drafted by the Flyers in the sixth round of the 2001 draft, Seidenberg spent parts of three seasons with the Flyers. Like Jagr, he had a quiet Game 1, finishing the night with one shot on goal and +1.

James van Riemsdyk: After spending four seasons in the Flyers organization, JVR was traded to Toronto this past July in exchange for defenseman Luke Schenn. He was responsible for the Leafs’ lone goal against the Bruins in Game 1.

Joffrey Lupul: In two seasons with the Flyers, Lupul tallied 96 points in 135 games. He, along with Luca Sbisa and two first-round draft picks, was traded to Anaheim in the Chris Pronger deal. He has yet to register a point in the postseason for the Leafs, and finished -2 on the night of Game 1.


Chicago Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild – Blackhawks lead series 1-0

Patrick Sharp: After a college hockey career with the Vermont Catamounts, Sharp was drafted by the Flyers in the third round of the 2001 entry draft. He never quite met expectations in Philadelphia, but his game got much stronger upon being traded to Chicago, and he is one of the Blackhawks’ best forwards. Sharp registered five shots on goal during Game 1, but could not capitalize on any of his chances.

Ray Emery: Emery appeared in 29 games with the Flyers during the 2009-2010 season. After battling back from a debilitating disease, Emery played for the Ducks and then the Blackhawks, and posted a phenomenal 17-1-0 record this past season. Unfortunately, due to a lower-body injury, Emery did not appear in Game 1 of the series against Minnesota, and has been ruled out for Game 2 on Friday night as well.


Anaheim Ducks vs. Detroit Red Wings – Series tied 1-1

Luca Sbisa: Widely regarded as one of the Flyers’ top defensive prospects, Sbisa spent the 2008-2009 season with the team. He was traded to Anaheim along with Joffrey Lupul for Chris Pronger, and has been with the Ducks organization for the past four seasons. Sbisa missed Game 1 with a lower-body injury, and though he was available for Game 2, head coach Bruce Boudreau decided to keep the same defensive pairings he went with in Game 1.


Vancouver Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks – Sharks lead series 1-0

Andrew Alberts: Alberts was a big part of the Flyers’ defensive corps during the 2008-2009 season, and he recorded career-high numbers in goals and points. He was acquired by the Canucks in March of 2010, and registered 94 PIM in 100 games played with them. In Game 1 against the Sharks, he saw 12:15 minutes of ice time and landed 3 hits, but failed to register any shots on goal.

Dan Hamhuis (technically): In a deal that some Flyers writers still joke about (see: us), Hamhuis’ negotiating rights were traded to Philadelphia, along with a conditional draft pick, for Ryan Parent. Hamhuis was unable to agree to a contract with the Flyers, and his rights were traded to Pittsburgh before he became an unrestricted free agent and signed with the Canucks three summers ago. He got called for a hooking minor in the third period of Game 1, and that was about all he did in just about 21 minutes on the ice.


St. Louis Blues vs. Los Angeles Kings – Blues lead series 2-0

Mike Richards: The Flyers drafted Mike Richards in the first round of the 2003 entry draft, and he soon became one of the faces of the franchise. After a few seasons with the team, Richards was named captain prior to the 2008-2009 season and went on to lead the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010. In a move that shocked the city, he was traded to Los Angeles on June 23, 2011, and quickly became a fixture in the Kings’ organization. Richards has 1 point so far this postseason in just under 40 minutes of ice time between two games.

Jeff Carter: Drafted by Philadelphia 11th overall in the 2003 entry draft, Jeff Carter was Mike Richards’ right-hand man and a fellow face of the franchise. In six seasons with the Flyers, he registered 343 points in 461 games. He was traded to Columbus on the same day as the Richards trade, but was reunited with Richards on February 23, 2012 when he was traded to the Kings. He scored the game-winning goal to cement the team’s Stanley Cup win last season. Carter has not yet registered a point in the series against St. Louis.

Justin Williams: Williams spent four seasons with the Flyers, though he never met the expectations set for him, due in some part to various injuries. After playing for the Carolina Hurricanes for about four seasons, he was traded in 2008. In the 2011-2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, he scored 15 goals on the Kings’ run to a Cup victory. He scored the lone Kings’ goal in Game 1 of the playoffs, but did not register a point in Game 2.

Colin Fraser: Though Fraser was drafted by the Flyers in 2003, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in February of 2004, while still in the Western Hockey League. He spent five seasons in the Blackhawks organization and one in Edmonton before being traded to the Kings on June 26, 2011. Fraser did not appear in Game 1 against St. Louis, and saw about ten and a half minutes of ice time in Game 2 without registering a point or a shot on goal.