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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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Comments

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: July 8, 2011 6:30 am
 

Wayne Simmonds signs with Flyers

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



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2011 6:20 am
 

Wayne Simmonds signs with Flyers

He's a good fit for Philly-style hockey.  He'll quickly become a fan favorite.  As for scoring- the team should have enough- with Briere, Giroux & JVR leading the way!  Plus, we have our best goalie since Hextall!  No more talk of the Flyers having to get a goalie!  Thank God!



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2011 4:01 am
 

Wayne Simmonds signs with Flyers

we got a fighter/under the other team skin guy

No I'm not happy with replacing a Richards, Carter, Leino, or Versteeg with a fighter/agitator. What do we Shelley for....making 1.1 million a year no less?



Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:36 am
 

Wayne Simmonds signs with Flyers

you should be happy about this one,, we got a fighter/under the other team skin guy, that can play good hockey,, he is not on the flyers to fill mike and jeffs shoes..come on maybe dan c. shoes.... lets go flyers



Since: Jun 22, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2011 11:06 pm
 

Wayne Simmonds signs with Flyers

hahah wayne friggin simmonds



Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: July 7, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Wayne Simmonds signs with Flyers

I feel like puking  Cry


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