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February 25, 2017 | 2:53pm ET
JVR isn't concerned about trade deadline

James van Riemsdyk's name has popped up around the trade deadline the last few years, but with the Toronto Maple Leafs battling for a playoff spot, that has changed this season.

His name hasn't been a prominent fixture in speculation this season, though teams have inquired about van Riemsdyk's availability.

The Leafs are not interested in trading 'JVR' unless a top-pairing defenseman comes back to Toronto.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, he confirmed he isn't overly concerned about what may occur in the next few days leading up to Wednesday's 3pm ET deadline.

"You try not to worry about it too much, just because there's a lot of things swirling around" van Riemsdyk said. "That's not up to us as players to worry about."

"Through experience, you learn not to worry about the things you can't control. You just come to the rink, play and do your job every day."

The Leafs and Minnesota Wild had spoken earlier in the season about a deal that could have centered around van Riemsdyk and Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin, but reportedly fizzled and could resume in the off-season.

The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks also had reportedly expressed interest in van Riemsdyk at some point this season.


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