Van Riemsdyk avoids surgery for ailing hip

Posted: June 16, 2012

Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk will not need hip surgery and should be ready "well before training camp," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Friday.

"After consultation with various doctors regarding James' hip injury, we have come to the conclusion that surgery is not necessary," Holmgren said in a statement. "We will treat James' hip with alternative therapies and nonsurgical procedures. It is expected that James will be 100 percent well before training camp begins."

The 23-year-old played in just 43 games in the regular season and seven in the postseason because of a variety of injuries - a concussion, an abdominal tear, and a fractured foot.

"I know I am going to be a strong and competitive player in this league," van Riemsdyk said Monday. "I have no doubt about that. Right now, I'm just focusing on getting healthy and being that player."

The Flyers' announcement comes days after the team and Van Riemsdyk emphatically disputed a report that he had delayed the surgery in order to make it difficult for the Flyers to complete a trade that included Columbus star Rick Nash.

Holmgren said then that surgery was being delayed because of an infection in the forward's foot. Van Riemsdyk fractured the foot March 1, underwent surgery March 2, and missed 23 games before returning during the first-round playoff series against Pittsburgh. He had to have the foot drained at the end of the postseason.

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