Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle wouldn't rule out the possibility of van Riemsdyk returning to the lineup after he was scratched for the win Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild with an upper-body injury.
"Again, there's improvement but we'll see if he’s available to us for [Thursday] night," Carlyle told reporters. "Hopefully with another 24 hours and a couple treatments he'll be back."
Van Riemsdyk has five goals in six games for the Maple Leafs, who lead the Atlantic Division with six wins in their first seven games.
I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.
— Martin St. Louis after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday