JVR was coming into the final year of his entry level contract. Today he signed a new deal for 6 more years.
This is just another obvious sign that the Flyers believe he’s one of the new cornerstones of the franchise. They really believe that what he did in the 2011 playoffs are a sign of things to come. It just shows how the philosophy has changed from Bobby Clarke tenure as GM to Paul Holmgren’s. Under Clarkie, young players were shipped out left and right, before they really had a chance to become anything. Dainius Zubrus, Vinny Prospal, Janne Niinimaa and Patrick Sharp were all promising young players that were traded away before getting a chance to really establish themselves.
Under Homer, we held onto Richards and Carter past their entry level contracts, and let them develop into top notch players. When Giroux showed that he’s more than just a flash in the pan, the Flyers locked him up too. Gone are the days where we try to bring in high priced talent and build around them. This team has finally come to it’s senses and started building from within, and adding veterans to fill certain roles. So is JVR worth locking up? Time will tell. But this past season, there were a few signs that he has become more aggressive, and willing to assert himself. And he’s assured that he’ll be in his prime while wearing Orange and Black (or so we think).
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