Wayne Simmonds quickly became an integral part of the Philadelphia Flyers‘ core group last season. Then, due to off-season transactions and some early season injuries, his role during this shortened season expanded.
The recent head-shot that Simmonds recently received from John Erskine didn’t result in five-minute major, as it should have. Thankfully, the National Hockey League disciplined that Washington Capitals‘ defenseman with a suspension.
However, the most important issue is that Simmonds had to leave last Friday’s game because of the noted injury, which was actually a concussion. Then, he missed Saturday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes and will remain out of action against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.
“Simmer’s” elevation to the top line, a few weeks into this seasons’ schedule, wasn’t a surprise. The consistently excellent effort that this 24-year-old legitimate “power forward” gives during every shift is what every real hockey player always offers. His addition to the team, via the Mike Richards‘ trade, surely appears to be well worth it.
Due to the long-term loss of Scott Hartnell, head coach Peter Laviolette can only hope that Simmonds’ concussion doesn’t linger. Of course his health is the most important issue on the table. So, the team will keep him out of action until all benchmark points have been reached and he’s cleared to play.
Claude Giroux, Danny Briere and some of the Flyers other top forwards are part of a group that should eventually produce offensive results. But, the circumstances of this particular season necessitate that Simmonds’ fills his role as one of the new team leaders. Hopefully, he will be able to do that in the relatively near future.