Wayne Simmonds

It’s official — Simmonds signs six-year extension with Flyers


CSNPhilly.com is reporting Wayne Simmonds’ contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers is worth $23.04 million over six years (cap hit $3.84 million).

TSN’s Bob McKenzie first reported the extension Wednesday and the Flyers made it official today.

Simmonds, 23, has one year left on his current deal. The extension makes him Philly property through 2018-19.

Of note, Andy Strickland of TrueHockey.com says the Simmonds’ deal is worth $23.875 million over six years.

Update: CSNPhilly.com has comments from Simmonds.

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Blue Jackets’ Wennberg done for night with upper-body injury

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It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?

OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.

Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.

There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:

Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.