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Source: James van Riemsdyk to sign 5-year, $35 million deal with Flyers

James van Riemsdyk will sign a five-year, $35 million deal with Philadelphia Flyers, a source told Authentic Curt Schilling Jersey ESPN’s John Buccigross.
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Van Riemsdyk had one of the best seasons of his career in 2017-18 for the Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring a career-high 36 goals and adding 18 assists in 81 games.

The prodigal winger is returning to the team that drafted him No. 2 overall in 2007. Here’s how he fits in Philly, and other insight on the deal.

The difference in styles that I allude to has much more to do with player deployment than it does actual in-game strategies these days. It’s certainly true that you don’t have to be a brain surgeon to order a pitcher to bunt, or to double-switch him out of the lineup. But the fact that you have to account for that one lousy spot in your order adds valuable nuance to a game that increasingly sees little variance in styles from team to team. No, pitcher sacrifices aren’t sexy selling points, but if they didn’t exist, bunting would be all but extinct in Major League Baseball. It’s not a part of baseball I’m ready to see completely die. I hate stupid bunts, but we don’t see many of those anymore and the ones that remain are mostly valid because they are laid down by pitchers.

The team, which announced the move Wednesday, says it holds employees to the highest standards of personal conduct on and off the field, adding it has zero tolerance for Bosio’s behavior.

Bosio was hailed for his work with the Cubs’ pitchers, helping them have the lowest ERA in the major leagues from 2015 through 2017. Chicago won the 2016 World Series and reached the NL Championship Series last year and in 2015 with Bosio as its pitching coach.

His first job in the majors was in 2003 as the pitching coach for Lou Piniella in Tampa Bay. He also has worked as a pitching coach in the minor leagues and an Derek Stepan Jersey advance scout for the Brewers, who named him interim pitching coach in 2009.

That said, he’s an upgrade over the tandem of Robin Lehner and Chad Johnson. (Alhough the Sabres were clearly looking to move on from Lehner, his stats weren’t terrible, especially playing in front of a very bad team). It’s nice that Hutton will get a due showcase after pushing Jake Allen all last season in St. Louis while posting a .933 save percentage.

Eventually the Sabres may want to turn to their own prospect, 24-year-old Linus Ullmark. Hutton has a history of mentoring young goaltenders, so his value to the organization — which is in a total rebuild — will go beyond what he does in the net this season.