Ron Hextall did the thing.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 1, 2018
It will be a five-year contract carrying a cap hit of $7 million, as reported first by John Buccigross.
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) July 1, 2018
James van Riemsdyk was the second overall pick in the 2007 draft and played the first three years of his career in Philadelphia before being traded to Toronto. He had 99 points in 196 games with the Flyers, and has since become a legit top-six scoring winger. He had a career-high 36 goals last season and has at least 54 points in each of his last four full seasons (29 in an injury-shortened 40 games in 2015-16)
Van Riemsdyk is the second best free agent available, behind only Tavares, and Hextall wants to make a splash.
Here is what I said earlier about a possible reunion:
The Flyers could be interested in bringing back the 2nd overall pick from the 2007 draft. He might be one of the most sought after wingers in free agency, but he hasn’t been deeply linked to any teams as of yet. He could come with too high of a price tag for the Flyers, but the two sides could come to an agreement that works for both sides.
The 29-year old winger scored a career-high 36 goals last season and has been on pace for at least 27 goals in each of the past five seasons. He could slot in for the Flyers as a top-six winger and help out on the power play as well.
The contract is about expected for a player like van Riemsdyk. It might be a year too long or a million more than you would prefer, but there has to be compromise. Evander Kane got seven years with a cap hit of $7 million last month and Kyle Okposo got seven years, $6 million cap hit in 2016. The Flyers paid a bit more, but brought it down a year.
Ron Hextall pulled the trigger on a big move. He is ready to take this team to the next level.
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