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The Philadelphia Flyers will be without marquee free-agent signing James van Riemsdyk for five-to-six weeks after suffering a lower-body injury in Saturday’s loss to the Colorado Avalanche, general manager Ron Hextall announced.

Van Riemsdyk took a puck off the leg in the first period and was unable to return.

After posting a career-high 36 goals with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, the Flyers inked van Riemsdyk to a five-year, $35-million contract on July 1.

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The Philadelphia Flyers and winger Wayne Simmonds have held preliminary talks about a new contract, he told theScore’s John Matisz at BioSteel Camp on Wednesday.

While discussions have started, Simmonds is focused primarily on his health heading into the final season of his six-year, $23.85-million contract.

“I’ve gotta get healthy, first and foremost, and show (them) that I am the player that I was, I think, two years ago,” Simmonds said, according to Matisz.

Following the Flyers’ first-round playoff elimination in April, Simmonds revealed a ridiculous list of injuries he played through in 2017-18.

The 30-year-old still managed to suit up in 75 contests last season, recording 24 goals and 46 points – his lowest total in both categories in a full campaign since 2011-12.

When fully healthy, Simmonds is one of the premier producers at his position. Since 2013-14, Simmonds’ 144 goals rank sixth among all right-wingers. If he can get back on track next season, it’s safe to say he’ll be in line for a raise from his modest $3.975 million cap hit.

Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery died early Sunday morning in Hamilton, Ontario after drowning while swimming with friends, Hamilton police confirmed.

Emery was 35 years old.

He played 287 career NHL games across an 11-year career that included stops with the Ottawa SenatorsPhiladelphia FlyersAnaheim Ducks, and Chicago Blackhawks.

Emery last suited up during the 2015-16 season where he split his time between the Ontario Reign and Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League and the Manheim Eagles of the DEL in Germany.

The Philadelphia Flyers officially welcomed back James van Riemsdyk to the City of Brotherly Love on Sunday, as the big winger agreed to a five-year contract, the team announced.

The pact is worth $35 million, reports Stephen Whyno of The Associated Press.

Philadelphia drafted van Riemsdyk second overall in 2007 and shipped him to Toronto in 2012, where he’s spent the last six seasons as a mainstay in both the Maple Leafs’ top-six and first power-play unit.

Van Riemsdyk, 29, netted a career-high 36 goals and added 18 assists in 81 games in 2017-18.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings are engaged in “ongoing discussions” regarding goaltender Petr Mrazek, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Flyers’ starting goalie Brian Elliott has been injured for more than a week, and isn’t expected back for at least another month following core muscle surgery. To make matters worse, backup netminder Michal Neuvirth left Sunday’s game with a lower-body injury.

After the Elliott injury, the Red Wings reportedly offered Mrazek to the Flyers for a third-round pick, which was declined, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Whether that offer still stands is unclear.

Mrazek will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. He’s gone 8-7-3 this season with a 2.89 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. He’s played his best hockey of late, though, posting a .935 save percentage in his last 10 games.

Mrazek just turned 26 and has shown flashes of brilliance in his young career, so it’s possible he could be more than just a temporary fix for the Flyers.

The Flyers are holding onto third place in the Metropolitan Division with 70 points. They’re not in the clear yet, though, as the Devils (70 points), Islanders(64), Hurricanes (64), and Blue Jackets (63), are all battling for what appears to be three Eastern Conference postseason spots.

Radko Gudas knew a suspension was coming, but didn’t think it would be this lengthy.

The Philadelphia Flyers defenseman waived his right to an in-person hearing after dangerously slashing Mathieu Perreault of the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 16, choosing instead to speak to the NHL’s Department of Player Safety over the phone.

The invitation to meet face-to-face generally means the player is in for a suspension of at least five games, and in the end, the NHL deemed it prudent to ban Gudas for 10.

“I was surprised, I did not expect that,” Gudas said Monday via Flyers TV. “I don’t agree with it, but I accept their decision. There’s not much else I can say.”

The NHL’s decision was based on Gudas’ forceful chop delivered to a player in a vulnerable position, and while he did admit to being reckless with his stick, he added he’s never used it like that before.

Gudas is eligible to return to the lineup Dec. 12.