The Nashville Predators have acquired forward Wayne Simmonds from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Ryan Hartman and a conditional fourth-rounder for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
The condition is that the fourth round pick turns into a third round pick should the Predators win a round in the post-season.
This deal, like so many that are coming down the pipe at the deadline, came in last minute and added an exclamation point for the Predators. They had just announced the acquisition of Mikael Granlund, another player to bolster their forward core.
But Simmonds is another matter altogether.
He’s a game-changing forward and one of the most attractive pieces on the trade board this season, so it stands to reason that Nashville immediately improves with this acquisition.
“I’m just hoping to be another piece of the puzzle and hopefully win a championship,” Simmonds said via TSN. “That’s obviously the main goal.”
He was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 2007 and made his NHL debut in the 2008-2009 season, posting 23 points in 82 games for his rookie campaign. He nearly doubled his totals the following season and began to hone the finer points of his game.
Simmonds was eventually traded to Philadelphia as part of the Mike Richards trade. He arrived on the Flyers and scored 28 goals in his first season in the City of Brotherly Love. The rest, as they say, is history and Simmonds developed into a reliable forward playing at a top-quality level. He’s hit the 30-goal mark twice in his career and has 16 goals this season.
It’s believed he’ll thrive playing #Smashville hockey and his acumen will develop during what could be a deep playoff run for the Predators.
In 42 playoff games with the Kings and Flyers, the 30-year-old from Scarborough has 21 points.
In Hartman, the Flyers get a 24-year-old winger with aggression to spare. He’s a gritty forward with the capacity to rattle the cage of his opponents.
In 64 games this season, he has 10 points and 10 assists. He averages roughly 13 and a half minutes of ice time a game.
Simmonds is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
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