The Flyers have locked up one of their young talents, extending right winger Wayne Simmonds in a six-year deal believed to be worth around $4 million per season.
The 24-year-old had his best season in the NHL in his first year in Philly, registering a career-high in goals -- 28 -- as well as points -- 49 -- a year after being traded by the Los Angeles Kings in the Mike Richards deal. Of course, Richards was a part of the Kings' Stanley Cup victory, but the Flyers have been pleased with the aggressive play of their acquisition, a fact proven by their decision to re-up his contract that was set to expire at the end of this year. Although Simmonds will be 30 when this deal expires, its probable his best years are still ahead of him.
The Flyers have had to be content with re-signing players already in the fold after struggling on the free agent market: Zach Parise and Ryan Suter opted not to sign major contract in Philadelphia, while the Predators matched an offer sheet for Shea Weber. Therefore, they've turned to making sure the talent they already have is satisfied, extending Jakub Voracek earlier, and now Simmonds.
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