As first reported by Dave Isaac of Philadelphia Sports Daily, van Riemsdyk and the Flyers agreed to a six-year contract extension on Tuesday, a deal that's worth $22.5 million over the course of the term. That brings the contract in at $4.25 million per year beginning in the 2012-13 season.
van Riemsdyk tweeted that he's excited to stay in Philly, that he loves playing in Philly and that the Flyers are a class organization. It's almost identical to what the recently-departed Mike Richards said about the organization after signing a 12 year contract with the club several years ago. No word on if there's a no-trade clause in the deal.
It's definitely a contract that the Flyers hope will be a bargain. He'll be an unrestricted free agent by the end of the deal, and it's a different approach to signing a young star than what the Flyers did last season with Claude Giroux, who signed a three-year extension that will keep him a restricted free agent at the end.
The hope for Paul Holmgren is that van Riemsdyk continues growing as a power forward, and that he keeps up the level of play that he displayed in the 2011 playoffs. If that's the case, it'll be a fantastic deal for the Flyers. If not, well... again, JvR better hope for that no-trade clause.
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