Flyers: Philly Signs Van Riemsdyk

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed forward James van Riemsdyk to a five-year contract worth a reported $7 million a year.

Van Riemsdyk started his NHL career with the Flyers, who drafted him second overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

The 29-year-old spent the previous six seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and put up solid numbers, including a 62-point campaign in 2016-2017.

Van Riemsdyk scored 36 goals and added 18 assists last season for 54 points in 81 games. He also had four points, including three goals, in seven playoff games.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be coming back to Philadelphia,” van Riemsdyk said. “They have a great thing in place and I’m happy to be a part of that now and I’m looking forward to getting on the ice.”

Toronto acquired van Riemsdyk from the Flyers for defenceman Luke Schenn in June of 2012. He had 294 points with the Maple Leafs after charting 99 points in 196 games with Philadelphia.

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