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Van Riemsdyk Returns to Philly; Invisible In Leafs Win

The last man on the ice for warm ups was James van Riemsdyk.

Fans were decked in orange and black as well as blue and white no. 21 jerseys all through the Wells Fargo Center before the Flyers 4-2 loss on Monday to Toronto. Decorated with signs, there were a handful of people awaiting the return of the man they call "JvR."

So when the Toronto Maple Leafs left winger finally walked down the visitor's tunnel for the first time and hopped onto the ice, he received some scattered applause from the fans who were ready to acknowledge the returning young star.

(Pictured: James van Riemsdyk shoots on goal against his former team. Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Flyers Struggle to Get to the .500 Hump Again; Lose to Toronto, 4-2

Getting to .500 has been an uphill battle for the Flyers and it continued on Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

An absolute sluggish outing until the final half of the third period cost the Flyers a chance to even up in the standings and get some much-needed points. And though the Leafs were almost equally as sluggish, they came out with the 4-2 win in Philadelphia.

Perhaps the Flyers are pressing to get to .500, but whatever it is, the effort was poor once again. Head coach Peter Laviolette didn't think they were pressing though.

(Pictured: Jakub Voracek battles with Toronto's Cody Franson in front of goalie Ben Scrivens. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

JvR Returns to Philadelphia as the Flyers Host the Maple Leafs

Former Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk returns to Philadelphia for the first time since being traded this off season for Luke Schenn. He already has a goal against his former team back in Toronto and he is looking for more.

Second period flurry buries Flyers

After controlling the level of play through most of the first period, the Flyers were simply outplayed in every way, shape, and form in the second period.

In just the opening 4:10 of the second stanza, the Toronto Maple Leafs scored three unaswered goals on their way to a 5-2 win over the Flyers.

The first goal came on a rebound that bounced off Bryzgalov's pad and right onto enforcer Colton Orr's stick. It was Orr's 12th career goal in over 400 career games and was his first against the Flyers.

Luke Schenn Returns to Toronto on Monday

When the Flyers acquired defenseman Luke Schenn from the Toronto Maple Leafs, expectations obviously were extremely high.

On Monday night, the elder Schenn returns to Toronto to face the team that he spent the first four seasons with.

(Pictured: Luke Schenn battles for the puck on Saturday. Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

Failure to Develop a Blue Line May Have Cost the Flyers JvR

Saturday night against Carolina, the Flyers dressed Kimmo Timonen, Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann, Kurtis Foster, and Bruno Gervais as their defense.

All six shared one thing in common -- not a single one of them were drafted by the Flyers.

In fact, the Flyers have a consistent issue with things like that. Since the lost season of 2004-05, the Flyers have not gotten more than 150 games played from a defensemen they drafted and only one home grown defensemen has played more than 200 games in a Flyers uniform since that time, Randy Jones, an undrafted defender.

(Pictured: Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Islanders vs. Maple Leafs 1/24/13: Isles Begin 5-Game Road Trip in Toronto

The New York Islanders kick off their first road trip of the season tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. It will be the first of three meetings between the two teams during the shortened 48-game season.

With healthy head coach Jack Capuano back behind the bench, the Isles came out on Monday afternoon with confidence and agility. They look to keep the momentum going tonight and pick up another two points. (Photo Credit: gbalogh/Flickr)

Flyers Future Negotiations Won't Be Hurt By Trades, According To Players

When the Philadelphia Flyers traded James van Riemsdyk to the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Luke Schenn this past Saturday, many started to question the ethics of the Flyers management.

This has caused some to question whether this move will hurt the Flyers perception with prospective free agents and star players in future negotiations.

Schenn Brothers Re-Unite in Philly

A dream come true.

That’s exactly how both Brayden and Luke Schenn feel after Luke was traded from Toronto to Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon for James van Riemsdyk.

Luke, 22, will join his 20-year-old brother Brayden in Philadelphia a year after Brayden was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in a package deal for Mike Richards.

Making Sense of James van Riemsdyk's Hip Injury

About a month ago, Paul Holmgren told the media that James van Riemsdyk had a torn labrum in his hip and would require surgery with a recovery time of about six weeks. Since that day, the surgery has been repeatedly delayed before being canceled last week.

This actually makes sense.

Whenever a surgeon sets up someone for surgery like this there is a process that is followed to make sure that the health of the patient is secured. In fact, this process can actually be outlined by the timeline of van Riemsdyk’s medical updates given by the team.