Simon inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Penguins on Wednesday. Simon returns to the Penguins after one season with the Flames, which saw him fail to register a point in 11 contests. The Czech center was significantly more productive during his previous stint in Pittsburgh, which saw him secure a pair of 20-point campaigns. While Simon will no doubt be hoping for a full-time roster spot, the fact that his new deal is two-way in nature does indicate the organization expects him to spend some time in the minors.
Simon will become a free agent after not receiving a qualifying offer from the Flames on Monday. Simon was held without a point in 11 games with the Flames last season. He has 184 games of NHL experience, mostly with the Penguins, which could help him land a deal this offseason. He averaged just 9:36 of ice time and totaled four shots on goal during the 2020-21 season.
Simon was promoted to the active roster ahead of Tuesday's game versus the Canucks, per CapFriendly. Simon failed to record a point in the contest, although he had two shots on goal to double his season total to four. The Czech winger has gone scoreless in 11 games with the Flames this year after reaching the 20-point mark in the previous two seasons with the Penguins.
Simon was sent to the taxi squad Monday, according to CapFriendly. Simon recorded two hits and a plus-1 rating in Sunday's win over Vancouver, his first appearance with the Flames since March 1. The 26-year-old has been held without a point through 10 games this season.
Simon was recalled from AHL Stockton and will suit up for Sunday's tilt with the Canucks, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Simon hasn't appeared in an NHL game since March 1 and has yet to score a point this season. He'll skate in a bottom-line role Sunday.
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