The Philadelphia Flyers have agreed to terms with forward Wayne Simmonds on a six-year contract extension. Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed, but according to TSN's Bob McKenzie on Wednesday night it could be worth nearly $4 million per season.
The 23-year-old Simmonds still has one year remaining on his current deal and will make $1.75 million during the 2012-13 season.
Simmonds, originally drafted in the second round of the 2007 draft by the Los Angeles Kings, was traded to the Flyers before last season, along with Brayden Schenn, in the deal that sent Mike Richards out west. In his first year with the Flyers Simmonds had a breakout season scoring 28 goals to go with 21 assists in 82 games.
It's a big commitment by the Flyers at this point in Simmonds' career, but he's good young player and should be a part of their core, and it will also run through what should be his peak offensive years in the NHL.
The organization also hasn't been afraid to lock up its young talent in recent years to long-term contracts.
Last year the Flyers gave James van Riemsdyk a six-year, $25.5 million contract (and then traded him this summer to Toronto for defenseman Luke Schenn). A few weeks ago the team signed forward Jakub Voracek, one of the other key players acquired during last summer's offseason rebuild, to a four-year contract that pays him over $4 million per year.