Flyers sign JVR to 6-year, $25.5 million deal

The Flyers busy offseason keeps rolling along as the team announced Tuesday that they have signed James van Riemsdyk to contract extension.

The deal is reportedly worth 25.5 million over six years and will have an annual cap hit of 4.25 million dollars.

A native of Middletown Township, van Riemsdyk scored seven times in 11 games for the Flyers during last season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. In his two seasons with the Flyers, the 22-year old left wing has scored 36 goals while adding 39 assists over 153 career games.

The deal comes on the heels of a busy offseason for the Flyers. Earlier in the summer they dealt away cornerstones Mike Richards and Jeff Carter and brought onboard goalkeeper Ilya Bryzgalov and veterans Jaromir Jagr, Jody Shellly and Maxime Talbot.

20-year old center Brayden Schenn, acquired from Los Angeles as part of the Ricahrds deal, was the fifth overall selection in the 2009 Entry Draft, three picks behind van Riemsdyk who the Flyers selected with the second pick.

Last offseason, the Flyers signed 23-year old right wing Claude Giroux to a three-year extension worth 11.25 million dollars.

-- Matt Breen

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