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SportsReport: Flyers' Simmonds 'more likely than not to be traded'

14:56  11 january  2019
14:56  11 january  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Report: Predators, Jets keeping an eye on Flyers' Simmonds

Report: Predators, Jets keeping an eye on Flyers' Simmonds A pair of Central Division powerhouses, the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets, are both keeping an eye on Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds ahead of the Feb. 25 NHL trade deadline, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. On Thursday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported that Simmonds is "more likely than not to be traded" before the deadline. 

With the Philadelphia Flyers struggling over their past 10 game, Wayne Simmonds could be on the move if GM Chuck Fletcher can't sign him to a new contract. Although December tends not to be a big trade month, with most of the GMs waiting for the new year and the trade deadline countdown

Simmonds proved to be not just productive and tough but also durable; he scored 39 goals while missing only six games during his Nevertheless, the Kings traded him with Brayden Schenn and a 2012 second-round draft choice to the Flyers for Mike Richards and Rob Bordson on June 23, 2011.

Report: Flyers' Simmonds 'more likely than not to be traded'© Len Redkoles / National Hockey League / Getty

There's a better chance Wayne Simmonds gets dealt before the trade deadline than stays with the Philadelphia Flyers beyond it, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

On Thursday's edition of "Insider Trading", McKenzie reported new general manager Chuck Fletcher could move the longtime Flyers forward. Fletcher is reportedly looking to add a goaltender, a top-four defenseman, and a top-nine center.

"Will he trade veterans between now and the deadline? Absolutely," McKenzie said. "Wayne Simmonds is more likely than not to be traded. Not 100 percent, but more likely than not.

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The Flames simply needed more from the Flyers , and general manager In fact, the guy sitting just to the right of Hextall at the Flyers ' draft table likely would not have left Dallas without Which brings us back to Simmonds . July sets up to be an interesting month in the future of the Flyers ' power forward.

Line-by-line look at Flyers after signing James van Riemsdyk, likely keeping Wayne Simmonds . VOORHEES — James van Riemsdyk just so happened to be in town Wednesday so the Flyers formally re-introduced He probably thought he’d get more opportunity than fourth-line minutes, but

"And while Fletcher could get draft picks and prospects coming back in for a guy like Simmonds or another veteran player, he's also planning on using draft picks, prospects and younger players to try (to) go out and achieve those things; the goalie, the defenseman, and the center."

Simmonds is in the final year of his contract, carrying a cap hit of nearly $4 million. He came into Thursday's action ranking third on the club with 13 goals in 43 contests.

Philadelphia sat dead-last in the NHL entering play Thursday, although they have a game in hand on the Ottawa Senators and the Los Angeles Kings.

The NHL's trade deadline for the 2018-19 campaign is Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. ET.

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The building is over and of course the Maple Leafs are going to take a hard run at the Stanley Cup. By next fall, after all, the team that as of Friday morning was second overall and on a 115-point pace will be substantially altered, and quite possibly weakened. The true strength of the Leafs at this moment is that they have so many young, world-class athletes playing for (relatively) basic wages, an advantage that will evaporate at the end of this season. By September, assuming they are signed, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner could be making a combined $25 million (all dollars U.S.) and Kasperi Kapanen another $4 million, blowing the Leaf payroll to smithereens.

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