What's the Deal With JVR?

What's the Deal With JVR?

When the week began, NBC10's Howard Eskin was reporting Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk has been holding up potential trades by putting off surgery for a torn labrum. Sarah Baicker quickly got to the bottom of the story -- or so we thought -- with an e-mail to GM Paul Holmgren, who revealed an infection in JVR's injured foot was to blame for the delay.

Now, the latest: van Riemsdyk won't need surgery at all.

Holmgren released a statement this morning confirming an invasive procedure isn't necessary after all, and through rehab alone, James should be healthy in time for training camp.

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

That seems like quite a reversal since Monday.

A man went from having his surgery delayed due to circumstances beyond his control, to canceling surgery entirely less than a week later, conspicuously amid a report he was intentionally holding off on having it done. Given the Flyers' history of being less than forthcoming about injuries, it's tempting to draw the conclusion there is more to this than meets the eye.

Honestly, we're not entirely sure what to make of the whole situation. It certainly could be coincidence. JVR and/or the team were seeking second and third opinions all along, and the new course of action was only decided after Eskin's report/Homer's repudiation.

Perhaps more medical reasons came into play. Maybe doctors are unsure when the infection will clear up, and this is the fastest or best way to have him ready in time for camp. After an injury-riddled season, van Riemsdyk doesn't need to start off on the wrong foot (sorry) because he got into the operating room late. Additionally, maybe the window where surgery helps more than rehab has closed.

With limited information, we can only speculate at the moment, but nobody has leapt to anything more controversial so far. The only reason it's really news at all is because JVR has been rumored to be the key ingredient in a swap for Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash, among others.

Whatever the case, chances are one has nothing to do with the other, and it's just a strange week in a stranger year for van Riemsdyk.

>> JVR Delaying His Surgery Could Be Delaying Trade [T7L]
>> Despite report, JVR's infection delaying surgery [CSN]
>> No hip surgery for JVR, Holmgren confirms [CSN]

Delaware avenges 36-point loss with upset of Northeastern

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Delaware avenges 36-point loss with upset of Northeastern

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NEWARK, Del. -- Freshman Ryan Daly scored 27 points and Delaware avenged its worst loss of the season, upsetting Northeastern 69-62 on Thursday night for the Blue Hens' first Colonial Athletic Association win of the season.

Cazmon Hayes added 13 points and Eric Carter 11 for Delaware (8-12, 1-6), which snapped a six-game losing streak that had included a 36-point loss, 90-54, to the Huskies on Jan. 5.

T.J. Williams scored 28 points, the only Huskies player to reach double figures. Northeastern (12-7, 5-2) lost its second straight after an eight-game winning streak.

Three-pointers by Devonne Pinkard and Daly gave Delaware the lead for good at 46-41 with 11 minutes left. A 14-2 run with eight points each from Carter and Daly made it a 12-point lead with two minutes to go.

Delaware made 17 of 22 free throws to 7 of 14 for Northeastern.

Drexel drops to 1-5 in CAA with loss to Elon

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Drexel drops to 1-5 in CAA with loss to Elon

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ELON, N.C. -- Tyler Seibring scored a career-high 25 points with seven rebounds and six assists, Steven Santa Ana added 22 points and Elon beat Drexel 93-73 on Thursday night.

Seibring scored 20-plus for the third time this season, hitting 4 of 6 from distance, and Elon led from start to finish. It was Santa Ana's sixth career 20-plus game in just his sophomore season.

The Phoenix hit double-digit 3-pointers (10) for the 10th time this season.

Dainan Swoope scored 16 points, Brian Dawkins 13 and Dmitri Thompson 12 for Elon (11-9, 3-4 Colonial Athletic Association), which hit 25 of 28 free-throw attempts -- including 17 of 18 in the second half.

Elon scored the first nine points of the game and had a 10-point lead at halftime.

Kurk Lee and John Moran each scored 15 points for Drexel (7-12, 1-5). Miles Overton added 13 points and Sammy Mojica 10.