James van Riemsdyk out 4 to 6 weeks following foot surgery

PHILADELPHIA PA - FEBRUARY 05: Mark Fistric #28 of the Dallas Stars takes James van Riemsdyk #21 of the Philadelphia Flyers out of the play on February 5 2011 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Stars 3-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

James van Riemsdyk will miss four to six weeks following foot surgery to repair a broken bone, the Philadelphia Flyers announced on Friday afternoon. The full statement from general manager Paul Holmgren:

"James will have surgery on Mar. 6 to repair a broken bone in his left foot. Dr. Steven Raikin will put a plate in to help with the healing process. James will be out 4-6 weeks."

Dr. Raikin is an orthropaedic surgeon at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, so Reemer won't be going far for the surgery next Tuesday.

The good news here is that the timeline isn't so bad. If he only misses four weeks, he could return on April 3 when the Flyers host the New York Rangers for the final time this season. There are two regular season games following that date as well: The Flyers host the Sabres on April 5 and travel to Pittsburgh for the season finale on April 7.

If van Riemsdyk misses six weeks, he'll return on April 17, which will likely be sometime around Game 4 or 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

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