Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk appears to be making strides in his comeback from a concussion, but there are no plans for him to return to the lineup this week.
Sidelined for over a month, van Riemsdyk wore a regular jersey and spent time on the top line at Wednesday’s practice in Voorhees. He replaced the flu-riddled Jaromir Jagr on a line with Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell.
"It seemed like he had lots of pop, so hopefully he keeps moving in the right direction," center Danny Briere said.
After practice, van Riemsdyk said through a team spokesman that he felt "the same as last week," and that he would address the media in a few days.
Last week, van Riemsdyk said he sometimes felt he was in a fog because of the concussion.
“He looks good," Hartnell said. "I don’t know how he’s feeling or whatever. It’s tough to ask a guy with a head injury, ‘How you doing? How you doing? How you doing?’ He’s probably sick of those questions. But he’s skating well and looks strong on his skates and has pretty nice hands, so hopefully he’ll be able to be symptom-free for a while and have the confidence to get out there and get some hits and take some hits and get back in the game.”
Jagr, who turned 40 today, rested on Wednesday and the Flyers are hoping he can play Thursday against visiting Buffalo. He has one goal in his last 16 games.
JVR hasn’t played since Jan. 12 and has missed the last 14 games; he has 11 goals and 11 assists in 37 games.
Van Riemsdyk had been in a non-contact jersey on Tuesday.
Winger Jakub Voracek (upper-body injury) remained in a non-contact jersey on Wednesday.
Voracek said he was feeling a little better each day, and he did not rule out playing Thursday. He may be a game-time decision.
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