Flyers sign James van Riemsdyk to a 6 year extension

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed winger James van Riemsdyk to a 6 year contract extension worth $25.5 million, a $4.25 million cap hit (Scott Burnside)

Do you think this is a smart move by the Flyers to lock him up at $4.25 million after only 2 years and 75 points?


  1. Joseph

    August 30, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    So smart. Scored 21 goals last year in not even a full season, dominated the playoffs, and is only 22. Should be a consistent 30-goal scorer, and should hit over 70 points per year easily once he hits his prime, with the potential for even greater stats… Certainly worth the investment, as even if he only produces what he did this year for the rest of his career he’d still be worth around $2.5mil. Even the slightest improvement in his regular season stats, which based on his playoffs last year is almost a guarantee, and he’s worth what he’s being paid.

  2. Mark Easson

    August 31, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I’m not a fan of the 2nd contract deals that are based on potential. I liked the days when a player had to earn his contract before he got it … to actually put up 70 points before you get a nice deal.

  3. Joseph

    August 31, 2011 at 10:40 am

    You see, for me though this is smart for the Flyers. I understand where you’re coming from, but I think the Flyers are using their leverage while they’ve got it. If JVR comes out and scores 70-points this year without having signed this extension, as a 23-year-old 70-point scorer who brings a lot more to the table then just points, the Flyers are going to have to dish out a LOT more money to retain his services versus the $4.5mil they gave him this year… Seems to me like they’re continuing their fantastic offseason, as I LOVE where their future’s going, and I think they became a better franchise through this offseason. Better team? This year? Perhaps not. But still a playoff team and FAR better set up for the future to compete and contend? Oh yeah.

  4. JR

    August 31, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I don’t think even with the new aquisitions the Flyers got will give them a playoff spot but still be able to beat the Leafs in standings. The future is indeed bright for the franchise but loosing Richards and Carter will certainly affect them in standings this year. Carter and Richards were 66 points players last season. An in-consistent 40+ points Voracek and 30 points 3rd liner Simmons won’t make them better. But I do agree they have bright future with the young talents they acquired.