The Flyers are not just hoping that James van Riemsdyk’s playoff success carries over into the upcoming regular season - they’re now banking on it.
The Flyers and van Riemsdyk agreed to a 6-year, $25.5 million contract extension on Tuesday, as he reported on his Twitter feed.
Van Riemsdyk, 22, netted 21 goals last year in his sophomore season with the Flyers, in which he earned $1.6 million including bonuses. He was set to become a restricted free agent after this season.
His new deal will pay him $4.25 million per season through 2017-18 - more than the $3.75 million that Claude Giroux will earn for each of the next three seasons.
Giroux, 23, led the Flyers with 76 points, including 25 goals and 51 assists. Van Riemsdyk was 8th in team scoring with 40 points (21 goals and 19 assists). Van Riemsdyk, who added 7 goals in 11 playoff games, was the Flyers' No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
On his Twitter feed, Van Riemsdyk wrote: Want to thank mr snider and flyers management for treating me well and showing confidence in me #firstclassorganization
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