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Flyers extend James Van Riemsdyk for six seasons

Posted on: August 30, 2011 12:53 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2011 1:44 pm

By Brian Stubits

The Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed young forward James van Riemsdyk to an extension, helping them bypass restricted free agency next season.

While the team didn't say how long the contract is for other than being a multi-year deal, Van Riemsdyk spilled the beans himself, tweeting about his delight of the deal.

"Excited to sign a 6 year extension with the @NHLFlyers, love playing in Philly," Van Riemsdyk said. "Want to thank mr snider and flyers management for treating me well and showing confidence in me #firstclassorganization."

Scott Burnside of ESPN reports the deal is for $25.5 million over the six years or an annual cap hit of $4.25 million. That's a pretty hefty deal for JVR at this point, but obviously they are investing in what they think he will become, not who he is now.

A deal at that length will help the sides avoid the restricted free agency process altogether, surely a welcome result for both parties. As this summer has reminded, that can be an ugly fight. Already under contract for next season, the deal will keep JVR in black and orange until he's nearly 30.

The 22-year-old New Jersey native has shown plenty of promise in his two seasons in Philly. Last season he scored 21 goals and chipped in 19 more assists in the regular season before scoring seven goals in 11 games for the Flyers in the playoffs. He will be one of the players called on to help fill the scoring void left by Mike Richards' and Jeff Carter's exits.

It's been a good summer for JVR. First there was the appearance in an upcoming Judd Aptatow film, now this. Not bad for the offseason.

A native of the Jersey shore, Van Riemsdyk grew up a fan of the Rangers. Not any more.

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Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: August 30, 2011 1:41 pm

Flyers extend James Van Riemsdyk for six seasons

Well, can say quite a bit about Holmgren, but I'll never consider him afraid to be overaggressive.   I absolutely disagree with the timing of this signing for so many years and so much money.   He should have waited in this case until December or January.    We won't know if the contract is a mistake or not for years, but I don't see what was gained by signing him to such a generous (over generous?) offer in August.
I would have thought Holmgren would have wanted to a few shifts of his new team on the ice before committing to a core forward for 6 years.   

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: August 30, 2011 1:33 pm

Flyers extend James Van Riemsdyk for six seasons

When the Flyers drafter JVR people thought he was turning out to be a dud because of Kanes sucess. Now as he grows from a teenager to the beginning of manhood,we can see his skills developing.I think by the time he reaches his mid 20s we will see why he was drafted.

Since: Aug 13, 2011
Posted on: August 30, 2011 1:25 pm

Flyers extend James Van Riemsdyk for six seasons

Pretty awesome.
At first, JVR was not living up to his high draft and despite people saying guys like him need time, more than Kane, I was not happy about it. I am glad he started using his size to drive to the net. Hopefully he can learn more to get open in the slot and fire his slapshots from close range and also shoot inside the blueline a la Claude Lemieux.
I just read 4.25M per year. That's high but he will end up being paid sensibly as the years and salary cap move forward.

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