Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/30/11 at 10:49 PM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
If you’re wondering what two middling seasons in the NHL is worth, check out James van Riemsdyk’s new six-year extension in Philadelphia.
The 22-year-0ld Flyers’ winger had 35 points his first full season and 40 last year. He just got $4.25 million a year, for six seasons from Flyers’ owner Ed Snider, who has money to burn because he also owns the cable giant Comcast. This is a giant leap of faith for a kid who has size (6’3″, 200 pounds) and skill but has blown by the intermediate stage in salary….
All we know is, GM’s on other teams with similiar young players must be privately cursing the Flyers because agents will certainly use the JVR deal as their comparable. Van Riemsdyk, the second player chosen in the 2007 draft after Patrick Kane, has talent. But has he really done enough to warrant this sudden largesse?
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