Philadelphia Flyers Power Forward Wayne Simmonds Is the NHL’s Biggest Bargain

December 15th, 2016 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

DENVER—Wayne Simmonds will earn $4.3 million in base salary for the 2016-17 NHL season, which, divided by 82, means he is making $52,439.24 per game with the Philadelphia Flyers. He is definitely a 1-percenter, a man making an enormous amount of money to play a game for a living. 

Yet, in comparison to what some others are making in the NHL and what they give their teams in return, compared to what he means to the Flyers, Simmonds is seriously underpaid. The 28-year-old right wing has established himself as arguably the best power forward in the NHL, a throwback type of player who could have just as easily played for the great "Broad Street Bullies" teams of the 1970s as he can in the current, warp-velocity NHL.

He is a leading man on a Flyers team that has won 10 in a row and vaulted from the lower third of the NHL standings three weeks ago to near the top.

"He is the complete deal, the complete package," said Bill Clement, the longtime television analyst who played for those Broad Street Bullies teams. "He has kind of a baker's cupboard of ingredients. He knows when to use the right ingredient, too, whether it ...

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