LeBrun: Simmonds would be unique asset for contenders

If the Philadelphia Flyers and Wayne Simmonds do not have a future together beyond this season, there should be no shortage of teams interested in acquiring the veteran.

Pierre LeBrun had a Wednesday afternoon radio hit on Ottawa’s TSN 1200.

At one point in the conversation about the potential interest in Mark Stone and Matt Duchene should the Senators need to explore that route, the Insider also added a comment about another pending unrestricted free agent in Philadelphia Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds.

“Wayne Simmonds would be such a unique type of asset to add to a playoff-contender because of his leadership skills, his physicality, and his offensive talent,” indicated LeBrun. “I think he has a unique skill-set if he goes on the market. I think I’m going to write about that in the next couple of days. But he would be a game-changer for a number of Cup contenders just because of his unique skill-set.”

A short time later, as LeBrun was asked to compare the situations of Stone and Simmonds, the Insider offered these comments:

“I think with Simmonds, if you’re a top contender you’re just worried about the next couple of months,” noted LeBrun. “Don’t worry about what an extension would cost and all of that stuff. That’s a different conversation.

“I’ll give you an example. If the Tampa Bay Lightning - and I have no evidence that the Lightning are even interested - but if the Tampa Bay Lightning added a Wayne Simmonds - and I think back to the Eastern Conference Final where they really had no answer for Tom Wilson - I mean, the Tampa Bay Lightning are the best team in the world. They can score with their eyes blindfolded, and they’ve got a terrific defense, and arguably the top goalie in the world. I would say if you’re going to look for one little area to say, ‘Well, I think when the playoffs got tough last year, they could have used a little more muscle’ - Wayne Simmonds on Tampa is a scary proposition.

“So I’m just giving you that as an example.”

Simmonds is in the final season of a six-year, $23.85 million contract, which carries a cap hit of $3.975 million and also contains a modified no-trade clause, through which he can nix 12 locales.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly