Friedman on potential Simmonds trade suitors

Wayne Simmonds should be an attractive get for a contending team, but a trade may come down to the wire before Monday’s deadline.

Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek shared sentiments on 31 teams ahead of the trade deadline in their latest 31 Thoughts: The Podcast, which was recorded Wednesday and released overnight Thursday.

There was a brief blurb on the Flyers.

“The thing about Simmonds is I think his market has come to a halt,” said Friedman. “Every time I check in on the Simmonds market, I keep hearing, ‘Wait until the Ottawa guys, wait until Panarin, wait until all of that stuff.’

“I think San Jose would love to steal a guy like Wayne Simmonds. I think Boston would love to steal a guy like Wayne Simmonds. Would Philly deal with Pittsburgh? I don’t know. Calgary too.

“I guarantee to you that there’s some GM out there, or two, saying, ‘I’m going to steal Wayne Simmonds.’”

Simmonds’ six-year, $23.85 million contract is in its final months, and it contains a modified no-trade clause through which he can nix 12 locales.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly