Following a report from TSN’s Darren Dreger last night, Paul Holmgren officially announced today that James van Riemsdyk will not have hip surgery and will be ready for training camp so he can continue to be an underachieving NHL forward whose production was to be counted on when the Flyers traded away the two guys who won the Stanley Cup this week (‘tis true!):
After consultation with various doctors regarding James' hip injury, we have come to the conclusion that surgery is not necessary. We will treat James hip with alternative therapies and non-surgical procedures. It is expected that James will be 100% well before training camp begins.
That’s nice, Paul – and we’ll assume these sorts of stories will soon be broken by the Flyers’ inside reporter - but we must note that your tune has changed, sir.
James van Riemsdyk – Will have surgery next week to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. Recovery time is 6 weeks.
Earlier this week, Howard Eskin reported that the Flyers were angered at JVR for holding off on surgery, a claim Homer responded to by saying that JVR was waiting for a foot infection to heal before hopping under the knife.
Turns out, he doesn’t need surgery at all. Amazing.