Flyers make it official with Simmonds

The Flyers signed forward Wayne Simmonds to a six-year contract extension on Thursday, Aug. 16,...

The Flyers signed forward Wayne Simmonds to a six-year contract extension on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency/Files)

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Even though Wayne Simmonds was prepared to play out his current contract, he liked the notion of an extension that would keep him in Philadelphia for a long time.

The Philadelphia Flyers signed Simmonds to a six-year deal worth a reported $23.04 million, which breaks down to nearly $4 million per season. The 23-year-old winger had a career year in 2011-12, recording 28 goals and 21 assists in 82 games.

"Since I came to Philadelphia it's been a great place for me," Simmonds said during a conference call Thursday. "I signed this extension hoping we can bring a Stanley Cup to Philadelphia. I just want to be another piece of the puzzle. I think we've got a great young core put in place. This is where I want to be for a long time.

"When (general manager Paul Holmgren) came to us with the contract extension, (we) thought it was a good idea."

Simmonds, who was traded to the Flyers with Brayden Schenn last year in a deal that sent Mike Richards to the Los Angeles Kings, is the kind of player the organization wants, according to Holmgren.

"Wayne plays the game with courage and honour, and we believe he will continue to be a very good winger for our organization," he said.

In 322 career games, Simmonds has 62 goals, 75 assists and 378 penalty minutes.


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