The Wayne Train is here to stay.
According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Flyers signed Wayne Simmonds to a six-year extension.
Paul Holmgren must be a night owl, having a knack for finalizing deals in the late hours. First with Shea Weber and now with Simmonds.
Simmonds was brought to Philadelphia last summer in the blockbuster trade that send Mike Richards to Los Angeles. In his first year with the Flyers, Simmonds scored 49 points with 28 goals. Simmonds still has a year left on his current contract with a $1.7 million cap hit.
He racked up 114 penalty minutes, something that helped him become a fan favorite in Philly. Simmonds surpassed his expectations last season but he still has some work to do. He registered six points in 11 playoff games but was shut-down against New Jersey.
He is an asset on the power-play a huge presence in front but in order to live up to this deal, Simmonds must improve on even-strength and on the defensive-end.
The Flyers obviously believe he is capable of improving to be a better overall player.