With no short-term options available in the free agent market or through a trade at this time, the Flyers focus shifts to internal options for filling out both the bottom-six forward group and defensive pairings.
The Flyers had a need for a scoring winger and got one in James van Riemsdyk. "We felt with the fit, we needed size, we needed goal scoring, we needed a left winger," GM Ron Hextall said. "This one just fit all around for us and I think James felt the same way."
Right now, the James van Riemsdyk signing means that the Flyers were willing to spend to make upgrades. Make no mistake, Ron Hextall made a statement with this move. The Flyers are ready to be players on the market, not just on draft weekend.
According to multiple reports, the first from TSN's Frank Seravalli, the Flyers and forward James van Riemsdyk have agreed to a five-year, $35 million deal that will become official when free agency opens at noon on Sunday.
GM Ron Hextall has talked about wanting to add a veteran forward and veteran defenseman to the lineup. The Flyers certainly have room in their bottom-six group of forwards and definitely can improve on the blue line. Here are few targets in free agency among forwards and defensemen.
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