Report: Claude Giroux really pushed for James van Riemsdyk to return to Philadelphia

Updated: July 1, 2018 at 11:49 am by Brady Trettenero

Who says Claude Giroux isn’t a good leader?

The Flyers made a huge splash on Saturday evening when it was reported free agent forward James van Riemsdyk would be heading back to Philadelphia on a five-year deal with an AAV of $7 million.

Van Riemsdyk was acquired by Toronto in a trade from Philadelphia for defenseman Luke Schenn on June 23, 2012. .

Philadelphia selected van Riemsdyk in the first round (No. 2) of the 2007 NHL Draft. He had 99 points (47 goals) in 196 regular-season games over three seasons with the Flyers before putting up 294 points (154 goals) in 413 regular-season games with the Maple Leafs. He has 29 points (18 goals) in 59 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Frank Servalli of TSN is reporting Claude Giroux played a major role in bringing JVR back to Philadelphia.

According to the Free Agent Frenzy segment on TSN, Giroux was on the phone with JVR all week and was key in convincing him to come back.

The captain with another big assist.

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