Monday, February 25, 2019

Preds Snag Simmonds

2019 Season July 1, 2019
To Nashville Pos GP G/W Points Cap Years Cap
Wayne Simmonds F 62 16 27 $3.975m 0 UFA
To Philadelphia Pos GP G/W Points Cap Years Cap
Ryan Hartman F 64 10 20 $875k 0 RFA
Conditional 2020 4th Round Draft Pick

The Predators and Jets were going toe-to-toe in today's trade deadline fun and they were not going not going to back down to this challenge in the slightest.  The Wayne Simmonds sweepstakes was another good race, by the sound of things and the Flyers did well in their return for the rugged winger, as they knew they had to let him go at some point, so it might as well be for something.

Between the two players, Simmonds and Ryan Hartman, they do play a similar style of game, although Simmonds, 30, and Hartman, 24, have their age differences match their experience levels, but still very similar at the end of the day.  The point totals are not that far off, but Simmonds knows how to get under the skin of opponents better, owning the PIM differential, 90-44.

The Predators have added a wily veteran and one that can put the puck in the back of the net and has seen a bit of the grind of the playoffs and is probably itching for more.  This is a good gain for Nashville and it didn't come at the greatest of costs either.

I'm not totally convinced that Simmonds will be having many gains in the scoring department, when he joins the Predators, because I think he has spent too much time aligning his game with the Flyers style, that it is up in the air, to me at least, whether or not the Western Conference will be his sort of game.  The Predators do like to grind things out, but the Flyers could really tough it out with the best of them... it could be the easiest of fits or something might not be quite right.  Scott's team is still just looking to get out of last place, but I don't think this deal will ensure that happening, as he still needs 15 points to do so and I don't think Simmonds is going to make those sort of gains.

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