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08-16-2012, 03:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Jaygokings View Post
You realize he now makes more than Jarret Stoll, Alexandre Burrows, Ryane Clowe, Dave Bolland, Chris Kunitz, Val Filpulla, Matt Duchene, Milan Hejduk, Stephen Weiss, Tomas Kopecky, Joe Pavelski (Same), David Perron, Patric Hornqvist and Paul Gaustad? Not to mention tons of others.
For what Simmonds brings, and his room for growth.... The only guys I take over Simmonds on this list are Pavelski, Weiss and Duchene assuming he re-finds his game.

Including guys like Kopecky, Stoll, Gaustad and Hejduk (great career, but come on) is insulting. No GM in there right mind would trade Simmonds for any two of these guys.

Simmonds turns 24 next week, he has tons of room for improvement, he has a unique skillset, he hits, he skates well, he is serviceable defensively, he fights and he showed this year he could be a real force on the PP. To bad we never got to find that out in LA because TM insisted on sending out guys like Smyth, Stoll and Handzus and never gave Wayne any PP time.

Actually, after the silly money thrown around this summer to marginal players, the contracts signed by Simmonds and Pacioretty seem like bargains.

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