Simmonds was protected by Philadelphia and will not be available to Las Vegas in the expansion draft, NHL.com reports.
Simmonds turned in another rock-solid fantasy season with excellent cross-category coverage. He topped the 30-goal mark for the second straight year and supported his 32 tallies with 54 points, 224 shots, 122 PIM and 162 hits. His 25 power-play points were also a career-best mark. Unfortunately, Simmonds' minus-18 rating was a statistical drain, but there is potential for him to rebound next year in that column.
Simmonds potted his 30th goal of the year -- a power-play tally, appropriately -- and added two assists along with five PIM for fighting in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Islanders.
After scoring a goal and assisting on another to help build the Flyers' 5-0 first-period lead, Simmonds fought Anders Lee, securing himself a Gordie Howe hat trick in the space of just one period. He went on to add a second assist on an empty-netter. The tough winger came into this tilt in a pretty major slump -- just five points and a minus-4 rating in a span of 14 games -- but he's now finally cleared the 50-point mark while achieving his second 30-goal season. As always, tons of Simmonds' production has come on the power play, as he's now matched his career high with 24 man-advantage points.
Simmonds missed the scoresheet for the third consecutive game Tuesday against Ottawa, and he has just two goals and three assists through 14 March games.
After posting 16 goals and 29 points through the first 32 games of the campaign, it looked like Simmonds was on his way to a career year. He hit an offensive wall in mid-December, though, and he has just 13 goals and seven helpers over his latest 44 games. His year-end numbers are going to be similar to what we've come to expect from the veteran, and Simmonds is still a rock-solid fantasy asset because of his ability to move the needle in plenty of categories. However, it's a shame the veteran couldn't capitalize on his impressive start to the season.
Simmonds picked up an assist in Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Bruins.
He has a point in each of his last two games and he's on track for his fourth straight 50-point season. And Simmonds has scored at least 28 goals in five of his last six seasons (he scored at that pace in the lockout-shortened season). Simmonds' big drawback this season is his plus-minus, which at minus-16 hangs like an anchor on his fantasy value.
Simmonds scored the first two goals of Tuesday's 4-0 win over Colorado -- the first shorthanded, the second on a power play.
They came within 4:03 of one another in the first half of the first period, so Simmonds got his teammates off on the right foot -- and they never looked back. Stunningly, it'd been more than a month since Simmonds had picked up a multi-point game (Jan. 22 against the Islanders), but with 27 goals and 44 points on his season line, the veteran continues to be a valuable net-front presence and spectacular man-advantage producer for the Flyers. He's already cleared 20 power-play points for the fourth consecutive season.