Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk appear to be making strides as he tries to make a comeback from a concussion.
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 in the media in a few days.
Last week, he said he sometimes felt he was in a fog because of the concussion.
Jagr, who turned 40 today, is battling the flu. He has one goal in his last 16 games.
the bold text above combined with the fact that JVR went from a no contact jersey on tuesday to regular practice jersey today makes it seem as if he'll be returning soon. I would play it safe and just let him sit a few more games.
James van Riemsdyk yesterday shucked the gray, non-contact jersey he has been wearing for his regular orange one. However, through a team spokesman, JVR said he was feeling no different than he has been.
Van Riemsdyk suffered a concussion just over a month ago and has not played since. He practiced with the second power play and replaced Jaromir Jagr on the top line.
Noncommittally, Peter Laviolette said, "We're short on bodies."