Tyler J. Altemose

According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Philadelphia Flyers have sent forward James Van Riemsdyk down to the Adirondack Phantoms.

The move was made after the Flyers claimed Nick Boynton off of waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks. The move put the Flyers (technically speaking) at 24 active members which, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, is forbidden.

But why JVR? The answer is simple. JVR doesn't have to clear waivers. Since he's waiver-exempt, he can go to and from the Flyers/Phantoms as often as he pleases with no risk of another team picking him up.

The move is likely temporary. Once tonight's game has concluded, Erik Gustafsson will likely be sent back down to the Phantoms. That move will create room for JVR, who will likely return upon the conclusion of the Gustafsson move.

Since Boynton is probably not joining the Flyers in Ottawa tonight, it is up to Gustafsson to fill in as the 6th defenseman since Chris Pronger is as close to a confirmed scratch as you can get without him actually being a confirmed scratch.

The move also has another implication. With Betts out due to his hand injury, Laperriere on LTIR, and JVR with the Phantoms, the Flyers are at a 11 forwards.

That is, unless you consider Nikolay Zherdev.

Unless Homer and Lavvy want to roll 11 forwards (which we all know they don't), Zherdev will be in the lineup this evening.

More to come...