Simmonds signs multi-year extension

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The Philadelphia Flyers and winger Wayne Simmonds agreed to a multi-year contract extension on Thursday.

No terms of the deal were disclosed, but according to a report from TSN’s Bob McKenzie late Wednesday night, the pact is in the neighborhood of $4 million per year over six seasons.

“We are pleased to announce that we have agreed to a multi-year extension with Wayne Simmonds,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said.  “Wayne plays the game with courage and honor and we believe he will continue to be a very good winger for our organization.”

Acquired on June 23, 2011 as part of the Mike Richards trade to Los Angeles, Simmonds posted career-bests of 28 goals and 49 points in 82 regular-season games in his first year here, and was effective during the postseason as well, totaling six points (1G, 5A) in 11 playoff games.

Simmonds quickly became a fan favorite in Philadelphia, as his gritty and hard-working style of play is trademark Flyers. He was able to shake off a pair of ugly preseason incidents — one where a fan in London, Ontario threw a banana onto the John Labatt Centre ice prior to his shootout chance, and another where he was embroiled in a war of words with Rangers agitator Sean Avery which was centered around possibly homophobic language — and became one of the young engines that fueled a 47-win season.

“I’m extremely happy to have this deal in place,” Simmonds said.  “We’re going to have a good team in Philly for a long time and I just wanted to be able to be a part of hopefully bringing a championship back to the Philly faithful.”

While it can be argued that Simmonds needs to find a way to play at a more consistent level, the Flyers organization showed their faith in his talent and potential by offering this extension, putting faith in his ability to adapt and develop into a more consistent and productive player.

The belief here, apparently, is that the 23-year-old native of Scarborough, Ontario can do the things in the offensive zone that James van Riemsdyk either was loath to do or could not due to his own style of play.