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Wayne Simmonds signs with Flyers

Posted on: July 7, 2011 5:16 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 6:06 pm
Wayne Simmonds

By: Adam Gretz

Wayne Simmonds was one of the key pieces acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers during their massive -- and surprising -- roster overhaul last month. He joined the team as part of the trade that sent former captain Mike Richards to Los Angeles and landed the Flyers Simmonds, top prospect Brayden Schenn and a 2012 second-round draft pick.

Eligible for restricted free agency, the Flyers still needed to work out a deal with the 22-year-old forward. They managed to do just that on Thursday afternoon by signing him to a two-year contract that carries an average annual salary of $1.75 million, according to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia.

In 80 games with Los Angeles last season, Simmonds scored 14 goals to go with 16 assists. He's scored 39 goals in 240 career games.

Simmonds is a nice young player, but he, along with Schenn and Jakub Voracek (acquired as part of the Jeff Carter trade), has some large skates to fill this season. The Flyers offseason has essentially seen them lose Richards, Carter and Ville Leino (three of their top-five scorers from a year ago and their best two-way player), as well as role players like Darroll Powe, Daniel Carcillo and Sean O'Donnell. The club is replacing them with nine years of Ilya Bryzgalov, a 39-year-old Jaromir Jagr, Max Talbot, Andreas Lilja and a collection of young players with talent and upside, but it's far from a guarantee that these players will ever reach the level of the players they're replacing.

That's a sizable risk both in the short-term and the long-term.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 6:43 am
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:06 pm

Wayne Simmonds signs with Flyers

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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2011 11:20 am

Wayne Simmonds signs with Flyers

The goalie better be really good because the rest of the team has gone backwards at least for the short term.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2011 5:53 am

Wayne Simmonds signs with Flyers

Philly fans you got 2 good players and a pick.  If you think you gave up too much or paid too much, just sit tight and watch and see.  Simmonds plays hard on both sides of the ice.  He has some scoring touch and he's not afraid to go into corners and dig out a puck.  Is he a star? Maybe not but he's a solid, no back down, give you your moneys worth night in night out player.  Schenn is still a bit of an unknown but from the times he's played before being sent back to juniors he's showed poise and talent.  If he's not ready now he won't be far off.  I don't know who got the better deal but I wish Simmonds, Schenn and you fans in Philly best of luck in all but against my Kings.

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2011 7:40 pm
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Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:33 pm

Wayne Simmonds signs with Flyers


That sure is the intelligence level of a Pittsburgh fan.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:16 pm

Wayne Simmonds signs with Flyers

Phili fans that don't like this signing obviously haven't watched this kid play much, if at all.  He's a solid player and I think is going to be a very good one for many years to come.  He's big, he's strong, he can fight, he can hit, and in only about 13 minutes per game still scored around 13 or 14 goals the last 2 seasons.... and that with only about 45 seconds per game on the 2nd pp unit.   I think the Simmonds/Schenn for Richards trade will be huge for the Flyers in a couple of years.  Schenn is probably the best prospect in all of hockey. He's a junior Richards with more talent.... and I already talked about Simmonds... that trade is going to be great for Phili..... 

Now... the Carter for Voracek and a first round pick trade??? Not so good.... but we know why they made that trade.. they needed a goalie and needed to make room under the cap for Bryzgalov.  If he plays as well as he should play, that trade will become good as well.  If he doesn't play well then the above trade will go down as one of the worst in Flyers history for two reasons... one is for trading Carter and the other is for the long term cap hit they take on Bryz....... 

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:10 pm

Wayne Simmonds signs with Flyers

Some Flyers fans keep pointing out that they now have their best goalie since Hextall. That's great, I realize that it sucks to have a merry go round of guys filling such an important position, but how much better can Bryzgalov be than anyone that's been in net for the past two years? The Flyers were in the Finals two years ago and were tops in the division last year. There isn't much 'better' you can get. To get rid of 3 of the top 5 scorers to clear some cap space for a goalie who will have comparable numbers is an awful lot.

If I was Pronger, I'd be pissed. They brought him in two years ago to win now, then they go and change out some major pieces. He's 37/38? years old, his time to win again is limited. I know he missed quite a few games last year because of injury and I'm pretty sure he had major knee surgery the year prior. I think Pronger was great in his prime, but let's be honest here, the clock is ticking.

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2011 10:00 am

Wayne Simmonds signs with Flyers

To the people that think the Flyers got better..................Durrrrrrh!

Brilliant analysis as always.

Since: Jul 3, 2011
Posted on: July 8, 2011 9:14 am

Wayne Simmonds signs with Flyers

A little too much money for this guy.  He will be lucky to have 30 points again which makes $58,000 per point.  I would rather have kept Powe.  Losing Richards and Powe means 2 of the top 4 penalty killing forwards are gone as well as the hits per game leaders.

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