Wayne Simmonds is now a Toronto Maple Leaf. The Scarborough, Ontario native signed a one-year deal for $1.5 million.
His Early Years
Wayne Simmonds grew up in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough. He grew up watching the Maple Leafs and probably dreamed of playing for them one day. Like many children playing hockey in and around Toronto, Simmonds spent time playing in the GTHL. During his time with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens U18 AAA, he recorded 104 points in 98 games.
Fast forward to his time in the OHL, Simmonds played with the Owen Sound Attack and Soo Greyhounds. He spent one full season with the Attack, then was traded to the Greyhounds in his second season after 29 games. During those two seasons in the OHL, Simmonds recorded 56 goals and 68 assists for 124 points in 126 games.
Drafted To Be A King
In 2007, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the second round with the 61st overall pick. During his time with the Kings, Simmonds recorded 39 goals and 54 assists for 93 points in 240 games over three seasons. On June 23rd, 2011, Simmonds got traded to the Philadelphia Flyers along with Brayden Schenn and a second-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft for Mike Richards and Rob Bordson.
Traded To The Flyers
When he got traded, he was a Restricted Free Agent (RFA) and would need to be re-signed by Flyers management. He would go on to sign a two-year contract with an average salary of $1.75 million. Simmonds ended up spending eight seasons with the Flyers. During his time with the Flyers, he recorded 203 goals and 175 assists for 378 points in 584 games. During the 2018-19 season, he got traded once again. This time, it was to the Nashville Predators. He only played 17 games with the Predators picking up just three points.
Signs With New Jersey
On July 1st, 2019, Simmonds decided to sign as a free agent with the New Jersey Devils. The contract was a one year deal for $5 million. He went on to play in 61 games for the Devils in which he recorded just eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points. Due to the amount of money he was making and the lack of production, Simmonds was then traded to the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline in February 2020. Due to the rest of the regular season being cut short because of the Coronavirus, he only put up one assist in his seven games as a Sabre.
With the NHL deciding to have the NHL Playoffs during the summer and the Sabres not being a part of that, Simmonds has had to wait roughly six months for free agency to open. When it did finally opened at noon EST, he quickly made his choice to come and play for his hometown Maple Leafs.
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