The summer of 2012 has been a memorable one for the Philadelphia Flyers so far, but for all the wrong reasons.
Despite coming into the offseason with clear expectations of where they needed to add, especially with the teams in their division improving, the Flyers have failed on most fronts, due to injuries and a very large, failed offer sheet.
So far this summer, the Flyers have lost out on potentially signing Shea Weber. They lost Jaromir Jagr and sent more offense to the Toronto Maple Leafs when they traded James van Riemsdyk for Luke Schenn. And they lost defensemen Andrej Meszaros and Andreas Lilja to long term injuries, neither which would be a major concern if they weren’t so thin on the blue line.
But Wednesday finally brought a bit of good news, as the team re-signed forward Wayne Simmonds to a new six-year contract extension. The exact dollar amount isn’t official yet, but figures to be around $4 million AAV.
Though Mike Richards got the last laugh when he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings, the Flyers got the better end of the deal as far as the talent is concerned when they acquired Simmonds and Brayden Schenn last summer. Schenn is expected to be a big piece of 2012-13, while Simmonds proved to be more than just a third line guy.
Simmonds had a career year for the Flyers, with 49 points on the season and bringing a big physical presence to the lineup. He was a big piece of the power play, with 11 of his 28 goals coming when the Flyers had the extra man.
Heading into the new season, Simmonds is going to be a bigger part of the Flyers, having lost some offense from the roster. He’s shown he has the offensive chops to be a large contributor on the stat sheet, and this deal and its price should prove to be a terrific deal for the Flyers.