Flyers’ James van Riemsdyk out 5-6 weeks with lower-body injury

Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk is out five to six weeks with a lower-body injury.

General manager Ron Hextall announced the time frame for van Riemsdyk’s absence Monday. Van Riemsdyk was hit with a shot from Avalanche defenceman Mark Barberio during the first period of Philadelphia’s game at Colorado on Saturday night.  JVR logged just 5:13 of ice time before leaving the game. This is very sad news for Philly fans who were so excited to have him back in orange and black, after signing a 35 million, five-year contract July 1.

Many anticipated van Riemsdyk leading the team in goals this season with 35+  Jordan Weal is expected to be inserted into the lineup after being a healthy scratch for the first two games of the season. The Flyers host the San Jose Sharks in their home opener Tuesday.

Get well soon, JVR!