Wayne Simmonds Comes To Terms On 6-Year Extension With Flyers, According To Report
The Philadelphia Flyers have come to terms on a six-year extension with forward Wayne Simmonds, according to Bob McKenzie of Canadian outlet TSN.
Simmonds still has one-year remaining on a two-year contract (with an annual cap-hit of $1.75 million) signed last offseason after he was traded to Philadelphia as a piece in the Mike Richards trade.
While the terms of the deal are unknown at this time, McKenzie stated that the annual cap-hit should be in the range of $4 million per.
(UPDATE: Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly confirmed a report early Thursday morning by Andy Strickland stating that the annual average value of the deal is $3.97 million, which would make it a six-year deal worth $23.82 million)
Wayne Simmonds has agreed to 6 year extension with PHI. Not sure on precise AAV but hearing it's around $4M per year.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) August 16, 2012
Simmonds flourished in his first year with the Flyers registering career highs in both goals and total points.
Playing in all 82 regular season games, the 23-year-old Scarborough native finished with 28 goals and 21 assists for a total of 49 points. He also added six points (one goal, five assists) in 11 playoff games.
Taken by the Los Angeles Kings with the No. 61 overall selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Simmonds largely had a limited role while on the West Coast.
Finding success in both even-strength and power play situations as a member of the Flyers, many projected that Simmonds would have a prominent position with the team in the 2012-13 season.
This contract extension is further evidence that, that should be the case.
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