One of the more coveted names on the trade market leading into next month’s deadline continues to be Wayne Simmonds.
Pierre LeBrun had a Tuesday morning radio hit on Vancouver’s TSN 1040, and the Insider was asked what he thought of Simmonds and the Boston Bruins.
“I think any team that thinks they can win the Cup this year, adding Wayne Simmonds would be a hell of a finishing touch. I love that guy,” remarked LeBrun. “Those players are few and far between as the game continues to evolve in terms of the intimidation factor within an athlete who is also a heck of a player. He scored a beauty last night.
“And I will tell you this: I wrote about it last week, and yeah, I do agree he’d be a great fit in Boston. I think there’s lots of guys I could see in Boston that would make sense. Because the Bruins are calling around, and I do think they want an upgrade, particularly on the right side.
“Like for example, if Jakob Silfverberg doesn’t end up re-signing with Anaheim, I wonder about him. There’s lots of guys, probably like a dozen names I can give you, that would make sense for Boston.
“But you know where I’d really like to see Wayne Simmonds is in Tampa Bay. I know what you’re going to say. It’s the last thing they need is a forward, but I’m going to tell you right now that I think there was certainly some hesitation within the organization the way they kind of meekly went out to Washington last spring. And I think part of it is the Caps pushed them around.
“And obviously you’ve got Tom Wilson on that Stanley Cup championship team that is quite a wildcard himself, in that he’s a great player but also he’s scary. Well let me tell you, if those teams happen to meet again at some point down the road in the playoffs, having Wayne Simmonds on your side wouldn’t be a bad thing if you’re the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“So I don’t know this for a fact, but I’d be shocked if that hasn’t come up in Tampa’s internal meetings, that they should at least inquire.
“But as an executive told me last week: name the contender - Wayne Simmonds has come up in their mid-season scouting meetings. Like, come on.”
Simmonds, 30, is in the final season of a six-year, $23.85 million contract, and has a modified no-trade clause through which he can nix 12 locales.
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