So that’s the punchline Paul Holmgren has created for himself now: if you sign a long-term commitment with the Philadelphia Flyers, you’re going to get traded.
Jeff Carter? 11 years, didn’t make it through one.
Mike Richards? 12 years, stuck around for a little over 25% of the deal.
James van Riemsdyk? Six years, never played a shift under the deal.
So, it’s not as though the punchline is unearned.
Wayne Simmonds is the latest Philadelphia Flyer to sign up for a significant amount of time, signing a six year deal worth 23.875 million according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, which equals a yearly cap hit of nickels under four million.
Simmonds, a handful of days shy of his 24th birthday, still has another season left on his current deal (two mill, 1.75 mill cap hit), which means that this contract keeps him a Flyer until he’s over 30. His particular brand of play – edgy with offense – suits Flyers fans perfectly, so it’s likely they’re quite pleased with the signing.
Four million a season for a guy who threatened 30 goals and 50 points last year would be fair enough, but to get those numbers from a guy who doubles as an agitator and gets to the dirty areas, well, you’re getting a steal there. Especially once the owners roll back the value of his contract in the new CBA!