According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Philadelphia Flyers have come to terms on a six-year extension with 23-year old winger Wayne Simmonds.
The exact terms of the deal have not been confirmed, however, McKenzie believes the annual cap-hit will be in the range of $4 million per year.
Simmonds was brought over as a piece in the shocking Mike Richards trade over a year ago. Wayne had a career year in the orange and black, netting 28 goals and tallying 49 points, both of which were career highs.
Another noteworthy fact is that Simmonds played in all 82 regular season games. In fact, in four NHL seasons, he only missed six games. Despite being one of the most physical players in the locker room, his durability was not an issue. He also proved to be a key asset on the Flyers powerplay, scoring 11 goals.
“Simmer”, as his teammates call him, is a banging, grinding, two-way power forward, who also showcased his goal-scoring skills. After an off-season where the Flyers lost Jaromir Jagr and James van Riemsdyk, Simmonds will be a huge part of the Flyers success.
Let’s not forget. This guy has yet to even hit his prime yet. Clearly Simmonds has a high upside. Having already eclipsed career-highs in points and goals in just one season with the team, the sky is the limit for one of the most underrated power forwards in the league.
Having one more season remaining on his current contract, this extension will keep Simmonds in the City of Brotherly Love through the 2018-2019 campaign.
Flyers fans are happy that the Wayne Train will be in commission for years to come.