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Flyers show patience before making decision on Simmonds

Flyers show patience before making decision on Simmonds
Published On: Sat, Feb 09
Apr 9, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) looks on during the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Making a decision on Wayne Simmonds remains a top priority for the Flyers as the trade deadline approaches.

The 30-year-old forward is in the last season of a six-year contract with an average annual value of $3.975 million and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.A 

If he is not signed to a new contract, he could be traded before Feb. 25.

General manager Chuck Fletcher said Saturday that he is working to address Simmonds' future.

"Two weeks is a lifetime before the trade deadline," Fletcher said, speaking after making a trade that landed defenseman David Schlemko and forward Byron Froese from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Dale Weise and defenseman Christian Folin.

"Wayne has played hard and he's played very well of late. I can't commend him enough on his professionalism, on his attitude. You watch him in celebrations after games and he is pretty much the first guy out there to congratulate [goalies] Carter [Hart] or Anthony [Stolarz], as the case may be. He's just a great teammate and has done a lot for this franchise. We'll try to work on a conclusion that works best for everybody."

Fletcher has not said if a contract offer has been made to Simmonds, who has 16 goals, tied for second on the Flyers with Claude Giroux. Sean Couturier has 22.A 

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