PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have signed James van Riemsdyk to a six-year contract extension.

The Flyers and van Riemsdyk announced the news today on their Twitter feeds.

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“Excited to sign a 6 year extension with the NHL Flyers, love playing in Philly,” van Riemsdyk posted. He also thanked Flyers’ chairman Ed Snider and the rest of the organization for showing confidence in him.

Van Riemsdyk had 21 goals and 40 points last year with the Flyers, then scored seven goals in 11 playoff games.  He’s expected to carry a bigger offensive burden this season with the departures of Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

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Van Riemsdyk and Claude Giroux have become new cornerstones for the Flyers.  General manager Paul Holmgren has said the duo’s development was a key reason why he traded Richards and Carter.

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