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Frank Seravalli

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James van Riemsdyk is going back to where it all began.

The premier scoring winger on the market will re-join the Philadelphia Flyers when the Free Agent Frenzy signing period officially opens at Noon et on Sunday, TSN has learned.

Van Riemsdyk, 29, is expected to land in the five-year, $35 million neighbourhood.

That means all three of the contracts signed in van Riemsdyk's career will have been inked with the Flyers, the team that drafted him No. 2 overall in 2007, including the six-year, $25.5 million deal that ended on Saturday.

The Flyers traded ‘JvR’ to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a straight-up swap for Luke Schenn on June 23, 2012, before that second contract kicked in.

Van Riemsdyk went on to score 154 goals and 294 points in 413 games played with the Maple Leafs and was voted one of the Top 100 Maple Leafs of all-time by the franchise during the club's centennial celebration. The Middletown, N.J., native’s 36 goals last season were a career-best, but he averaged 31 goals over his last four full campaigns as he blossomed into one of the best net-front power play specialists in the NHL.

The Maple Leafs could wholly replace van Riemsdyk’s goals with the addition of superstar John Tavares, who had one more with 37 last season for the New York Islanders.

Toronto remains in the mix for Tavares. Some would peg the hometown Maple Leafs as the front-runner for Tavares' services, but the truth is none of the six teams in play for Tavares had been told they were out of the running on Sunday morning. He officially became an unrestricted free agent when the calendar hit July 1, losing his right to sign an eight-year extension with the Islanders. The maximum term Tavares can sign for now is seven years.

The #TavaresWatch will be the focus on Free Agent Frenzy, but No. 2 on TSN Hockey’s Top 75 available players will be off the board early:

 

The Top 75

 
RK Player Team Pos Age GP G PTS 17-18
1 John Tavares NYI C 27 82 37 84 $5.5M
2 James van Riemsdyk TOR LW 29 81 36 54 $4.25M
3 Paul Stastny WPG C 32 82 16 53 $7M
4 James Neal VGK LW 30 71 25 44 $5M
5 Jack Johnson CBJ LD 31 77 3 11 $4.36M
6 Tyler Bozak TOR C 32 81 11 43 $4.2M
7 David Perron VGK RW 30 70 16 66 $3.75M
8 Calvin De Haan NYI LD 27 33 1 12 $3.3M
9 Carter Hutton STL G 32 32 2.09 .931 $1.13M
10 Ian Cole CBJ LD 29 67 5 20 $2.1M
11 Thomas Vanek CBJ LW 34 80 24 56 $2M
12 Derek Ryan CAR C 31 80 15 38 $1.43M
13 Patrick Maroon NJD LW 30 74 17 43 $2M
14 John Moore NJD LD 27 81 7 18 $1.67M
15 Jonathan Bernier COL G 29 37 2.85 .913 $2.75M
16 Riley Nash BOS C 29 76 15 41 $900K
17 Brooks Orpik COL LD 37 81 0 10 $5.5M
18 Anthony Duclair CHI LW 22 56 11 23 $1.2M
19 Michael Grabner NJD RW 30 70 27 36 $1.65M
20 Tobias Rieder LAK LW 25 68 12 25 $2.25M
21 Greg Pateryn DAL RD 27 73 1 13 $800K
22 Tomas Plekanec TOR C 35 77 6 26 $6M
23 Jay Beagle WSH C 32 79 7 22 $1.75M
24 Kyle Brodziak STL C 34 81 10 33 $950K
25 Matt Calvert CBJ LW 28 69 9 24 $2.8M
26 Anton Khudobin BOS G 32 31 2.56 .913 $1.2M
27 Valtteri Filppula PHI C 34 80 11 33 $5M
28 Dan Hamhuis DAL LD 35 80 3 24 $3.75M
29 Robin Lehner BUF G 26 53 3.01 .908 $2.25M
30 Leo Komarov TOR LW 31 74 7 19 $2.95M
31 Petr Mrazek PHI G 26 39 3.03 .902 $4M
32 Blake Comeau COL RW 32 79 13 34 $2.4M
33 Thomas Hickey NYI LD 29 69 5 25 $2.2M
34 Chris Kunitz TBL LW 38 82 13 29 $2M
35 Mark Letestu CBJ C 33 80 9 23 $1.8M
36 Scott Hartnell NSH LW 36 62 13 24 $1M
37 Nail Yakupov COL LW 24 58 9 16 $875K
38 Brian Gibbons NJD C 30 59 12 26 $650K
39 Tim Schaller BOS LW/C 27 82 12 22 $775K
40 Toby Enstrom WPG LD 33 43 1 6 $5.75M
41 Luca Sbisa VGK RD 28 30 2 14 $3.6M
42 Dylan DeMelo SJS RD 25 63 0 20 $650K
43 Andrej Sustr TBL RD 27 43 2 7 $1.95M
44 Nick Holden BOS RD 31 73 4 17 $1.65M
45 Xavier Ouellet DET LD 24 45 0 7 $1.25M
46 Brandon Manning PHI LD 27 65 7 19 $975K
47 Brandon Davidson NYI LD 26 51 4 7 $1.43M
48 Christian Folin LAK RD 27 65 3 13 $850K
49 Kari Lehtonen DAL G 34 37 2.56 .912 $5.9M
50 Antoine Vermette ANA C 35 64 8 16 $1.75M
51 Brad Richardson ARI RW 33 76 3 15 $2.08M
52 Antoine Roussel DAL LW 28 73 5 17 $2M
53 Luke Schenn ARI RD 28 64 1 7 $1.25M
54 Derek Grant ANA C 28 66 12 24 $650K
55 Eric Fehr SJS C 32 18 3 4 $2M
56 Jaroslav Halak NYI G 33 54 3.19 .908 $4.5M
57 Ondrej Pavelec NYR G 30 19 3.05 .910 $1.3M
58 Alexei Emelin NSH LD 32 75 1 9 $4M
59 Cam Ward CAR G 34 43 2.73 .906 $3.3M
60 Nick Shore CGY RW 25 64 5 18 $925K
61 Matt Read PHI RW 31 33 7 16 $3.63M
62 Roman Polak TOR RD 32 53 2 12 $1.1M
63 Kris Versteeg CGY RW 32 24 3 8 $1.75M
64 Daniel Winnik MIN LW/C 33 81 6 23 $660K
65 Michael Hutchinson WPG G 28 3 3.26 .907 $1.15M
66 Matt Hendricks WPG LW 37 60 5 13 $700K
67 Scottie Upshall STL LW 34 63 7 19 $800K
68 Daniel Carr MTL LW 26 38 6 16 $725K
69 Chris Wagner NYI C 27 79 7 16 $637K
70 Tommy Wingels BOS RW 30 75 9 17 $750K
71 Logan Shaw MTL C 25 72 4 14 $650K
72 Fredrik Claesson OTT LD 25 63 1 7 $650K
73 Shane Prince NYI LW 25 14 1 2 $850K
74 Jakub Jerabek WSH LD 27 35 2 8 $925K
75 Austin Czarnik BOS C 25 10 0 4 $675K