Multiple reports indicate that the Flyers second overall pick in 2007 will be returning to Philadelphia in 2018-19.
Reports claim the Flyers have agreed to terms with forward James van Riemsdyk on a five-year deal with an AAV of $7 million.
Fans have been pushing for a big name signing, and they’ve gotten their wish.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 1, 2018
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) July 1, 2018
JVR spent six seasons in Toronto, his highest point total was 62 in 2016-17, but he set a career high with 36 goals in 2017-18 playing alongside Auston Matthews and clearly still has a lot left to offer.
Van Riemsdyk has finally come full circle after being dealt to Toronto in a 2012 trade that (the Flyers clearly lost) brought Luke Schenn to Philadelphia.
— Flyers Nation (@FlyersNation) July 1, 2018
He had 99 points in 196 games during his first three-year stint in Philly — the final of which seasons was cut short by injuries.
Alternatively, the move for a power forward type player creates further speculation around the future of fan favorite Wayne Simmonds.
Stay tuned for more details after the official team announcement, expected Sunday.