Conspiracy theorists have had a field day dissecting the latest bevy of injury updates on Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk, ever since a report surfaced a week ago that suggested he was delaying surgery to avoid being traded.

Since then, not only have general manager Paul Holmgren and van Riemsdyk both denied that suggestion, but the Flyers also have elected to not have the 23-year-old winger undergo surgery this off-season at all.

Sorry to disappoint those in search of a more sinister scheme, but the explanation behind the change of summer plans for van Riemsdyk isn't anything complicated. Medical opinions about how to handle a relatively minor nagging hip issue simply changed.