According to TSN's very own Bob McKenzie, the Philadelphia Flyers have resigned forward Wayne Simmonds to a 6-year contract extension. Bob is hearing that the deal is expected to be worth around $4,000,000 per season.
Simmonds, 23, was acquired last June 23rd in a blockbuster trade that sent former captain Mike Richards to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Simmonds, Brayden Schenn & a 2012 2nd round pick.
Before signing the new deal, Simmonds was set to become an RFA next July 1st after playing off the final year of his 2-year, $3,500,000 contract. Instead of heading to restricted free-agent status, Simmonds chose to sign an offer that he could not refuse.
The Scarborough, ON native registered career highs this past season, scoring 28 goals and adding 21 assists for 49 points in all 82 games. He finished the season with a rating of -1 and 114 penalty minutes.
Simmonds was drafted in the 2nd round (#61 overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings. In the 2008-09 season, Simmonds finally began his NHL career, recording 9 goals and 14 assists for 23 points in 82 games.
In his 4 NHL seasons, Simmonds has missed only 6 out of a possible 328 games. In the 322 games that he has played in, he has tallied 67 goals and 75 assists for 142 points. He is a career +11 thus far and has received 378 penalty minutes through out his young career.
Although his 6'2" 183lbs frame isn't all that big compared to many NHL players, Simmonds still uses his body to power his way to the net. When screening the goaltender (which he does so very ofter), it is nearly impossible to push him out of the way.
Improving dramatically this past season was more than good enough to earn him a new deal with the Flyers, and rightfully so.
His tremendous play possibly could have earned him more than what he's going to receive over the next 6 seasons after this upcoming one gets put to rest.
Nonetheless, the Flyers got a steal of a deal in my total honest opinion. I mean, Simmonds can do it all. He can shoot, score, set up great scoring chances with his play-making abilities. Not only can he do all that, but he can hit as well and he sticks up for his teammates whenever possible!
50 of Simmonds penalty minutes this past season were because of fighting. Most, and if not all, were because he was sticking up for his teammates.
Simmonds is the full package. I mean, many of you might disagree with me on this, but from what I have watched, Simmonds can just flat out do it all.
Next season, Simmonds will make $2,000,000 in the final year of his current contract.
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