We now know that free agent forward James van Riemsdyk is returning to the Philadelphia Flyers on a five-year deal with an average annual salary of $7 million.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 1, 2018
JVR was drafted second overall by the Flyers in 2007 and is the consensus top winger from the 2018 NHL free agent class after scoring a career-high 36 goals with the Maple Leafs in 2017-18.
The pesky forward was acquired in exchange for defenceman Luke Schenn in a 2012 trade with the Flyers.
It appears van Riemsdyk left some term on the table in order to return to Philadelphia.
David Pagnotta of the Fourth Period reports JVR had some seven-year offers from other NHL teams on the table, but the free agent forward turned them down in order to return to Philadelphia.
Welcome back, kid.