James van Riemsdyk safe and sound in Toronto following false trade tweet

Don't worry Toronto fans: James van Riemsdyk is not going anywhere at the moment.
Chris Humphreys

Rest easy, Toronto Maple Leafs fans: James van Riemsdyk is not going anywhere for now.

There was cause for concern about van Riemsdyk’s spot with the Maple Leafs Tuesday when a TSN Twitter account, @TSN1050Radio claimed van Riemsdyk was traded to the New York Rangers. The Tweet was quickly deleted, however, as TSN claimed in a statement the false trade claim was simply a social media hack job.

Via NHL.com:

“Earlier today our station's account was compromised. Within minutes, we deleted the initial tweet and retracted what was shared,” TSN said in a statement. “We regret any confusion this may have caused and are taking steps to ensure it doesn't happen again.”

Van Riemsdyk currently ranks second on the team in scoring with 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 40 games, but the Leafs are having to make do without him for the time being as the 26-year-old is currently out for 6-8 weeks with a broken foot. 

But waiting a couple of months for van Riemsdyk to come back is a much more palatable option for Leafs fans than losing one of their best players permanently to a trade. 

Tuesday’s false alarms were luckily nothing more than an example of the perils of social media.