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Report: Flyers sign Wayne Simmonds to six-year extension

Aug 15, 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

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Bob McKenzie reports that the Philadelphia Flyers signed physical winger Wayne Simmonds to a six-year contract extension worth “about” $4 million per season.

There’s no word yet on whether or not the deal carries any kind of no-trade clause.

Simmonds has one year remaining on his current deal, which carries a $1.75 million annual cap hit.

The former Los Angeles Kings forward had a breakthrough season after being a part of the Mike Richards trade, setting career-highs in goals (28) and points (49).

Simmonds had a solid showing the playoffs as well, scoring six points in 11 postseason contests while collecting 38 penalty minutes.

That combination of grit and solid skill made him popular pretty quickly in Philadelphia. From the look of things, they intend to keep him around for a long time.

  1. uncledick - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Looks like this deal might push Hartsy out the door next offseason.

    • dougreale - Aug 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      Unless they can trade Briere. There’s the cap space for Hartsy’s extension right there. Let’s be honest, playoff surprises aside, Danny did not have a great year and with all the young players on the roster he will continue to be marginalized.

      • jelliot1978 - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM

        Nearly impossible for them to trade Briere, he has a NMC and gets paid a decent amount. While he hasn’t done great in the regular season he has done great in the playoffs.

      • chrisvegas - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:43 PM

        Why would they want to trade Briere? The guy shows up EVERY playoffs in a BIG WAY! Briere will always be a Flyer.

    • chrisvegas - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      Not true at all. The Flyers love these kind of forwards. They will keep Hartnell to.

  2. datsyukdominates - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Simmonds is a great player and very underrated. I wish the Wings had him or at least someone similar. He’s exactly the kind of player they’ve needed for a LONG time.

  3. chubbedfleshbranch - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    This guy is one of the most overrated guys in the league. Soup Can skates circles around this weak link every shift.

    • poweinthekisser - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:47 AM

      Overrated huh? You are clearly some kind of visionary or messiah in order to know that he is rated too high while still in his low twenty’s! And you also must be clairvoiyant because when you say soup can can skate circles, but you must be referring to the facts of next year when simmonds won’t match his career best, put up this year, as he grows! Idiot…

    • blomfeld - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:26 AM

  4. dawglb - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    The Wayne Train! Wooooo!! Woooo!!

    • blomfeld - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:29 AM

  5. hockeyflow33 - Aug 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    I think you mean approx $3m; don’t forget the 24% rollback….ugh

  6. sjsharks66 - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    Lol why simmonds is not that good. Kings got rid of him and won the cup.

    • ron05342 - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:37 AM

      You sir, are an absolute moron.

      Wayne Simmonds was The Night Train for the Kings, the one who hit you like a ton of bricks, stole the puck from you while you were still seeing stars, and put it into the net. The guy was awesome in his role for the Kings, and was a key component of the trade that sent Mike Richards west.

      Simmonds is going to be a force in this league, as he proved last season for the Flyers. As most knowledgeable hockey fans noted, this particular trade was that rare deal where both teams improved.

      Stop exposing yourself for the knucklehead you are. In other words, stop posting.

      • poweinthekisser - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:55 AM

        Well said Ron, Simmonds is indeed a force, and I can only imagine it’s an idiot or a biggot who would say otherwise! That trade broke my heart, but Simmonds is already mending it! Looking forward to him being a staple in the flyers club, he deserves it!

    • blomfeld - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    • ml3939 - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:38 AM

      The Blackhawks got rid of Martin Havlat and won a cup. What is your point?

  7. namriverrat69 - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    The Kings got rid of him because his off ice partying was affecting his consistency on the ice and he was rooming with Drew Doughty who was getting caught up in that action. Once Simmonds left, a serious talk with Doughty got him back on track and he finished off a good defensive season with the Cup.

    • blomfeld - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:59 AM

      Achtung Namriverrat69 and Ron5342 !

      Hey man, good to hear finally from a couple of “quality” posters here at PHT ! … by the way, did you guys catch the news ? … it’s like, we LA Kings are Stanley Cup Champions man ! … good times … :)

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Aug 16, 2012 at 8:42 AM

      The Kings got rid of a guy for his partying…and acquired Mike Richards instead?

  8. fusionix7 - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Chubbed, dude get a life. I like to read inquisitive comments. Quit creating five new profiles a day, your mom wants you to be more eventful with you’re life. I know I’m feeding the troll but it’s enough from that guy. The rest of us want to talk hockey. We get it you have a hard-on for Crosby and enjoy Campbell’s Soup. Please shut it. Mom’s basement must be a lonely place.

  9. weberhatesfilthy - Aug 16, 2012 at 5:29 AM

    another trash signing for a trash city. only thing this guy is good for is kneeing that limp wristed cry baby in the back of the head.

    • dcabello528 - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      You stupid DICK….I would love to punch you

      • ravenscaps48 - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

        Hahahaha!!! I LOVE just sitting back and watching this rivalry!

      • weberhatesfilthy - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:53 AM

        wait. what?

  10. happybirthdaythickloins - Aug 16, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    wayne simmonds is irrelevant to this league, just another classic dumb move by trashadelphia. the scumiest city in america. smells like turds through the streets. STAY WIDE

  11. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 16, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    Hahaha trashadelphia. That doesn’t even come off the tongue right. Regardless, you know I’m digging this deal. Hand me a shovel haha. In 6 years he will be 30 so he still should be able to perform. He is really our only presence in front of the net as one looks into the future (as aforementioned, Hartsy is probably done). Lil Wayne Simmers, keep doing what you do. Shouldn’t have a problem getting 20+ goals again this season especially with this system that Coach Lavi has in place (which I’m not the biggest fan of).

  12. philly4lyfe - Aug 16, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    datsyukdominates
    Aug 15, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT
    Simmonds is a great player and very underrated. I wish the Wings had him or at least someone similar. He’s exactly the kind of player they’ve needed for a LONG time.

    So your fans could throw banana peels at him every game instead of just once?

  13. sjsharks66 - Aug 16, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    Lol simmonds has a career year and all of a sudden he is a force in the league. Tell me how he is working out 2 years from now.

    • ml3939 - Aug 16, 2012 at 9:36 AM

      I am sure it will work out better than Jonathan Cheechoo did.

  14. jimw81 - Aug 16, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    i wont be surprised if Giroux is the next one to be signed.

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Aug 16, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      I would, he’s not eligible until July 1…

  15. flyersgoalscoredby88 - Aug 16, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    Wayne Train!

    His taunting the Pens for their diving and head snapping in game 2 was one of my favorite moments of the season.

  16. flyersgoalscoredby88 - Aug 16, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    I don’t think this means Hartnell is done, they are similar players, but this is hockey…there are multiple lines. He and Hartnell make it a lot harder for defenses because they have to choose which guy gets a lesser defender. I think Hartnell will be signed before this offseason is over, Homer even said as much.

    • chrisvegas - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

      You are right,. Flyers can never have enough big power forwards. Hartnell isn’t going anywhere. The Flyers want to grind opponents down, you need more then just Simmonds to do that. You need a big forward on each line. I fully expect Flyers to sign Hartnell to an extension. Plus you can’t underestimate Hartnell’s presence in the locker room. He is a funny guy and helps with team chemistry.

  17. napoleonblownapart6887 - Aug 16, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    I don’t know about this deal… everything about it seems a little off to me.

    First the timing – you’ve got owners and player staring at one another like two cowboys in a standoff. All player movement has come to a basic standstill, and yet now is the time to dish out a 6 year deal.

    Wayne had a good season last year, but from my seat (which is Black and Gold so perhaps take it with a small grain of salt here) I would have liked to see more than just one break out year before locking a guy up for 6 years $4mil. He’s a good player, but I don’t think he’ll ever be a top line guy.

    • freebie717 - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      I see what you’re saying but remember, the amount of $ they gave him isn’t top line money. Its money you give a good 3rd line guy that is serviceable on the PP. If they gave him $8-9M a year, then yeah, thats dumb, but $4M for a 23 year old 20 goal/20 assist grinder is definitely worth it.

      • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        It’s top 6 non-star player money, not third line money. third line money is 5y/12M like Talbot (give or take).

  18. dkphilly1122 - Aug 16, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Simmer deserved this contract and will earn every bit of it with his grittyness and goal scoring. Sjsharks, how are the Sharks making out?? Do they still have a team in San Jose?? Simmer is better than just about everyone on the Sharks, so stop trolling and worry about your $hitty team. They need all the help they can get. Talk about falling off.

    • sportsfreak13 - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      So you think simmonds is better then Thorton, Marleau, Clowe, Havlat, Couture, and Handzuis?

      • melonheadsdaddy - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM

        Yes.

      • lordfletcher - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM

        LOL. Havlat.

        the dude can’t even climb over the boards without destroying his ankle.

        speaking truthfully. I would rather have Couture and Thorton over Simmonds but not HAVLAT / Marleau / Handzuis.

  19. smushrodriguez - Aug 16, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    My problem with this deal is the he was absolutely terrible in the playoffs. Sure he had some points but he was awful on the defensive side. He was responsible for a ton of goals against. He shouldn’t even have been dressed for the last series. He needs someone to teach him defense and Lavy certainly isn’t doing it.

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Aug 16, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      Didn’t he have a broken hand in the playoffs?

      • melonheadsdaddy - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:28 AM

        And a broken face.

    • chrisvegas - Aug 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      He didn’t have the best playoffs, but did you watch the playoffs from two years ago? He was an absolute force for the kings that year. Who knows what kind of injuries he had this year. This kid is a good player.

  20. sjsharks66 - Aug 16, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Better than almost everyone on the sharks? Yeah he is better than Handzus and TJ Galliardi. That is about it.

  21. chubbedfleshbranch - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Sounds like fusiondix needs an infusion of testosterone with his broad-like talk here on Pro Crosby Talk. Team Ginger is nothing to this league, and everyone knows that The Franchise is the glue that holds the NHL together. And fyi, I live in my moms attic where I snap off to my Fathead of Soup Can hourly.

  22. ml3939 - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Yeah, had he been on the Sharks last year he would have been 4th on the team in goals and 5th in points. What a bum.

    Are you going to make an intelligent post up or just continue to attempt to spread stupidity?

  23. dkphilly1122 - Aug 16, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    I said most of the Sharks. Couture is a young stud and Thorton is getting old, but anyone else isn’t better. How have the Sharks faired the past few years with those “good” players?? The Flyers got young studs, no bodies last year and are a team to beat for years to come. Where are the Sharks?? Has beens besides Couture. Clowe’s not horrible, but he’s nothing special.

    • weberhatesfilthy - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:08 PM

      about the same a filthy. don’t know what you’re actually bragging about loser.

  24. sjsharks66 - Aug 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    @dk

    Clowe is one of the best power forwards in the NHL.

    Maybe you shouldn’t comment about other teams that you don’t know anything about.

    • melonheadsdaddy - Aug 16, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      Heed your own advice.

    • ml3939 - Aug 16, 2012 at 3:37 PM

      Just waiting for you to justify your comments above that lead the rest of to believe you don’t know what you are talking about.

    • wicky888 - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      Hello kettle, this is the pot …. you’re black

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