What will the Flyers do with Wayne Simmonds?
BroadStreetHockey: Will the Philadelphia Flyers re-sign Wayne Simmonds to a contract extension, trade him at the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline or let him walk when free agency hits next summer? If Simmonds were to sign a short term contract at a “hometown discount” with a reasonable cap hit, it may be worth it to keep him around for another 2-3 years in a lesser, depth-type role in the lineup.
Simmonds still holds value in the locker room as a leader on this team. He was voted an alternate captain by his teammates and commands respect both on and off the ice, but is that leadership and locker room presence worth more to the team than what Hextall could garner on the trade market for the organization’s future? The current market isn’t returning much for one-year rentals, so the best bet for Ron may be to move Simmonds at the 2019 NHL trade deadline where teams in the playoff hunt deeming themselves a piece or two away from hoisting the Cup will battle in a bidding war for Simmonds’ services.
Simmonds does have a modified no-trade clause in his contract, which may make things more difficult when it comes to moving him and getting the best return. On top of this the Flyers should also be one of the teams in the middle of the playoff hunt this upcoming season. While they are more than just a single piece away from true contention, Simmonds may very well play a vital role in this team taking their next step by winning a round in the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 post-season.
Are the Toronto Maple Leafs interested in Luke Glendening?
MLive: Luke Glendening has always been one of those role players that coaches covet. Glendening can block shots, lead the penalty kill, be abrasive, agitate opponents, be hard to play against. Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock wanted to acquire Glendening leading up to the 2018 trade deadline, but the Maple Leafs former general manager, Lou Lamoriello, wasn’t as interested, and the Detroit Red Wings weren’t inclined to part with him for a low draft pick. The question remains, Will Babcock step up his efforts to acquire Glendening this season?