Wayne Simmonds Agrees to 6-Year Contract Extension with Philadelphia Flyers

Shane Darrow@@Pilsbury_BroBoyAnalyst IIAugust 15, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 26: Wayne Simmonds #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates in warmups prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Wells Fargo Center on March 26, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Lightning defeated the Flyers 5-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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TSN's Bob McKenzie has reported that Philadelphia's Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds has agreed to a six-year contract extension; however, the exact value has yet to be brought to the public.

Wayne Simmonds has agreed to 6 year extension with PHI. Not sure on precise AAV but hearing it's around $4M per year.

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) August 16, 2012

The 23-year-old right winger from Scarborough, Ontario set career highs in both goals (28) and points last season (49) and added six points in 11 playoff games.

Simmonds finished the regular season tied for fourth on the Flyers in scoring, and has continued to improve each season since joining Philadelphia after three seasons with the Los Angeles Kings.

In his four-year NHL career, Simmonds has only missed six games and is one of the more underrated power forwards in the game.

If McKenzie's report is correct, and Simmonds' contract is worth around $24 million, the Flyers have signed him to a great deal. Simmonds has yet to reach the high point of his career, and who knows how high he will go. But if he continues to play with guys like Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell, he will surely soar as his career progresses.

With the departure of Jaromir Jagr to the Dallas Stars, Simmonds will be expected to step into a heavier role on the offensive side of the puck.

What do you think, Flyers fans? Do you like this deal?