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by Paul on 06/23/12 at 10:58 PM ET
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke and the newest member of his team, James Van Riemsdyk, both completed conference calls with media on Saturday night shortly after he was acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Luke Schenn.
[On JVR’s playing style] “I don’t want to create any illusion or delusion that we’re acquiring James Van Riemsdyk as a physical presence. This is not a big banger. This is a guy who uses his size when he should. He uses it to create offensive opportunities, he uses it down low and he’s responsible and reliable in his own end. This is not a guy who’s going to put people through the glass. Sometimes people look at a big player and say oh he’s big so he should play tough. This is a skill player with size… This is not a plough horse. This is a thoroughbred.”
James Van Riemsdyk
[On going to Toronto] “Obviously there’s some mixed emotions because the Philadelphia organization has treated me well… But at the same time, going to play in Toronto is really exciting for me. The tradition they have there, the city, the fans, it’s all unbelievable. Growing up a big time Yankees fan, it’s kind of like playing for the New York Yankees of the NHL. I’m definitely looking forward to getting everything going.”
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