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Breaking: Schenn swapped for JVR

As if picking five players on day two of the draft wasn’t enough action, the Philadelphia Flyers announced a deal on Saturday evening which sends forward James van Riemsdyk to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Luke Schenn. Van Riemsdyk, a second-overall pick in 2007 out of the University of New Hampshire, seems to be the victim of the elastic nature of expectations. He totaled 11 goals and 24 points in 43 games during an injury-plagued season last year on the heels of leading the club with seven goals in 11 postseason contests in the Spring of 2011. …

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Bye-bye Bob

It’s become official: Flyers backup goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is headed to Columbus. The move, taking place just hours before the draft is to begin in Pittsburgh, involves three picks: the Blue Jackets’ second-round slot tonight at #45, a fourth-round slot at #117 as well as a fourth-round pick in 2013 which was originally property of the Phoenix Coyotes. Bobrovsky, who despite a sizzling first half to his rookie season in 2010-11, never quite gelled into the legitimate starter, will get a fresh start and some new competition for the top slot with now-fallen, 2009 Calder Trophy winner Steve Mason. He …

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Flyers release 2012-13 schedule

The National Hockey League and each of its 30 individual teams rolled out their respective schedules for the 2012-13 season earlier on Thursday. Disclaimer: all games are subject to the renewal of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which expires on September 15. All times are Eastern October 2012 Date Visitor Home Time (ET) TV Network/Results Thu Oct 11, 2012 Bruins Flyers 7:00 PM Sat Oct 13, 2012 Flyers Islanders 7:00 PM Thu Oct 18, 2012 Penguins Flyers 7:00 PM Sat Oct 20, 2012 Jets Flyers 7:00 PM Thu Oct 25, 2012 Flyers Canadiens 7:30 PM Sat Oct 27, 2012 Maple Leafs Flyers …

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Van Riemsdyk will not have surgery

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren has confirmed that forward James van Riemsdyk will not undergo hip surgery. Rather, the 23-year-old New Jersey native will rehab the injury. “After consultation with various doctors regarding James’ hip injury, we have come to the conclusion that surgery is not necessary,” Holmgren said in a statement issued Friday morning. “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 was limited to 43 regular-season games last season due to injuries, most notably a concussion and broken …

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Laperriere retires, talks to local media

Ian Laperriere’s 17-year NHL career officially came to a close on Tuesday afternoon. The 38-year-old Montreal native did so in his last league stop of Philadelphia, where he spent one of the most eventful and emotional years of his days on ice. Over 1,083 games, the winger totaled 121 goals, 336 points and 1,956 penalty minutes for five clubs from 1993-2010. Those numbers are augmented by 13 points in 67 playoff appearances. A former seventh-round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues in 1992, Laperriere made his NHL debut with the Blues for one game at the end of the …