You could come up with all sorts of reasons why James van Riemsdyk chose the Flyers over other NHL free agent suitors on July 1.
The money? Sure. Five years, $35 million.
The proximity to home? Naturally. His native Middletown, N.J., is less than a 90-minute drive to Wells Fargo Center.
The prospect of playing with former teammates Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, Wayne Simmonds and Sean Couturier? That probably goes without saying.
But the biggest motive of all?
Some very significant "unfinished business" back in Philadelphia.
You see, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft never really captured the hearts and minds of Philly fans during his first go-round in the City of Brotherly Love.