While those types of players are great to have, they aren't $5.2 for 6 years great. The most points he had was this year with 35, before that his career high is 23. He definitely stepped it up in the playoffs so maybe that was part of the logic behind the contract but still a very substantial over payment in my opinion.
He was losing his PP time to Patrick because he was injured and because they still had Filppula.
This year, Patrick will likely have to center the second unit and that will likely put Simmer back on the top unit if he's healthy.
I think you pull the trigger if you get a great offer in the off season. Mid season, or at the deadline, you only pull the trigger if you're out of it and you know it or if you're close, but several key guys are injured so you know you're not going fa
If these two guys got 5 million, you have to figure Simmonds is gonna be looking for 7 million a year and at age 30 hes gonna be looking for more than 5 years for his last big paycheck. I just don't see the Flyers being able to sign him.
If we had good goaltending and more experience on defense ,maybe it’s worth keeping Simmonds around, but with the stiffs we have in goal,there is no way we go far in the playoffs. We need lightning to strike in several areas to make a serious run. We need Stolarz, Hart or Neuvy to step up and take the starting job and give us consistent solid goaltending, Elliot is a stiff. We need Haag, Sanheim and Gudas to all step up their games big time or Meyers to come in and have a huge rookie season. O