November 12 Philadelphia Daily News:
“While serving the final game of his three-game suspension, Danny Briere was joined in the press box last Saturday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum by an unlikely teammate: James van Riemsdyk.
That night, van Riemsdyk was left out of the lineup by coach Peter Laviolette as a healthy scratch, in hopes to snap the talented 21-year-old out of his sophomore slump.
It was the first time that van Riemsdyk had ever been a healthy scratch in the regular season. He was scratched just once as a rookie, for one game in the Stanley Cup finals.
“We were sitting there and he told me, ‘Just as quick as you come out, you can go back in,’ ” van Riemsdyk recalled from the conversation. “Things can change quickly.”
That advice is what is keeping van Riemsdyk’s chin up, as he sat out for a third consecutive game last night against the Hurricanes.
Van Riemsdyk skated for a full 45 minutes after his teammates left the ice yesterday at their morning skate. He is mired in his second-worst scoring slump since joining the NHL, not picking up a single goal in the Flyers’ first 13 games.
He went through 14-game (Mar. 3-Mar. 27), 12-game (Nov. 20-Dec. 12) and 10-game (Dec. 15-Jan. 3) slumps without a goal last season after starting with 18 points in his first 16 NHL games.
Van Riemsdyk started this season with three assists in the first four games but has just one point since Oct. 14.”
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