Friedman: ‘Quite a bit of interest in Wayne Simmonds’

Should the Philadelphia Flyers not extend Wayne Simmonds, trade interest around the league is ramping up in the veteran winger.

Elliotte Friedman had a Monday evening TV hit on NHL Network.

“I think there is quite a bit of interest in Wayne Simmonds,” indicted Friedman. “I think one of the things that happened overall though is that there’s so many players on the market. We are seeing a situation where more teams than in recent memory have said, ‘We’re giving up on this year, so we’re making players available.’ I think that’s flooded the market and made it a buyer’s market. But I do think teams like Simmonds.

“One of the teams that’s been linked with him quite a bit, and I think it makes a lot of sense, is Nashville. I would have thought Montreal would be there because I think he’d be perfect for what they need, but Marc Bergevin has said he won’t do that for rentals. I think Nashville is definitely one of them.

“I think we’re all curious if Toronto at any point - and Simmonds obviously has a connection to it - decides it needs some heavier hockey and does Simmonds becomes on their list.

“But I think Nashville is the one that most of us are wondering about, and we’ll see where it goes with Simmonds and the Predators.”

Simmonds is winding down a six-year, $23.85 million contract - which does include a modified no-trade clause, though which he can nix 12 locales - and can become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Friedman noted Bergevin’s reluctance to trade for a strict rental commodity, although that wouldn’t necessarily preclude the Canadiens general manager from working out a trade-and-sign agreement with the Flyers and Simmonds.

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