Flyers ink Simmonds to two-year contract

Flyers ink Simmonds to two-year contract
July 7, 2011, 8:26 pm
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Whatever hangup the Flyers had with getting winger Wayne Simmonds signed disappeared overnight.

The former restricted free agent signed a two-year contract on Thursday worth 3.5 million, according to a league source. That's a very nice bump over the 821,667 Simmonds made on his entry deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

Simmonds, 22, netted 14 goals for the Kings last season, and general manager Paul Holmgren has said more than once he believes the right wing is capable of more as a member of the Flyers.

"He is a rough-and-tumble, rugged winger who we think has a real upside in terms of offensive production," Holmgren said at the press conference that introduced Simmonds and two other new flyers, Jakub Voracek and Brayden Schenn. "We look for big things from Wayne."

With Simmonds' signing, all the players from the Jeff Carter and Mike Richards mega deals last month are now under contract for the coming season.
E-mail Tim Panaccio at tpanotch@comcast.net

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