So says Last Word on Hockey:
The Wayne Simmonds situation is one to keep an eye on this season. Should the Flyers sign him to a short or long-term deal, trade him for assets, or let him walk in free agency?
Ron Hextall has quite the dilemma on his hands. There is little to suggest Hextall will let Simmonds walk in free agency. In that event that this comes to pass, it’d be a case of asset mismanagement.
What do the Flyers really have in Simmonds?
The eye-test suggests a physically punishing forward who creates space for his teammates, is excellent in front of the net, has good hands in tight, and is adept at deflections and driving home some greasy goals. However, his contributions, especially at 5v5, have been diminishing for two straight seasons.
This writer posits that this not a case of poor puck luck or being used differently by his coach. Simmonds is showing that he’s no longer capable of producing at an acceptable rate at 5v5: