After a carear year in his first season with Flyers, Wayne Simmonds has decided to sign a long term deal in Philadelphia. Simmonds and the Flyers had been discussing a contract extension throughout the offseason and negotiations finally came to a head on Friday night with a six-year, $23.8 million deal.
There were a number of factors behind the Simmonds deal. First, the Flyers organization, as well as Simmonds, wanted the deal to get done prior to the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement. Blues fans saw similar moves this offseason with the long-term signings of TJ Oshie and David Perron, as Doug Armstrong wanted to lock up young talent before the financial structure of the league presumably changes. Secondly, the Flyers had plenty of cash to spend. After failing to sign Shea Weber to a massive deal, Holmgren had money to spend on young talent that was already on the roster. Third, and probably the prevailing reason behind the Simmonds extension, Simmonds needed to be rewarded. In just his first season in Philadelphia, Simmonds posted career highs in goals and points with twenty-eight and forty-nine, respectively. He brought more than scoring to a young, growing Philadelphia team, as he was one of the most consistent and active players on a nightly basis. Simmonds also set a career high in fighting majors, showing that he was a passionate teammate and was willing to drop the gloves for his team.
This was definitely a smart move by Holmgren, as Simmonds will build his game offensively and play a major role in Philadelphia’s system in the coming years.