The bromance is back.
The Philadelphia Flyers beat out several other teams campaigning for free agent James van Riemsdyk, as the winger decided to return to the team that drafted him. There are only a handful of players on the roster that played with van Riemsdyk in the 2011-12 season. Among them are Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds, Jake Voracek, and of course Claude Giroux.
The Captain and van Riemsdyk had chemistry here in Philadelphia, and Giroux made a strong push to bring the winger back to the Flyers.
Frank Seravalli, who was first to report the deal, had a few interesting things to say on TSN’s Free Agent Frenzy show on Sunday morning.
“I’m told that the big part of the pitch that helped land van Riemsdyk back in Philadelphia, where his career began of course, would be Claude Giroux,” Seravalli said. “He was one of those guys that was on the phone with van Riemsdyk all week trying to push to get van Riemsdyk back to Philadelphia.”
Seravalli also said, as did van Riemsdyk, that there were 10 to 12 teams vying for the free agent winger. The Flyers had the correct balance of cap space for a contract, fit on the roster, and a bright present and future. Van Riemsdyk is excited to join that group and rejoin the team that he started his career with.
The Flyers have a great foundation and an even better future. Philadelphia is becoming an exciting destination for free agents and players on the trade block alike.
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