Late last evening the Philadelphia Flyers and winger, Wayne Simmonds, agreed to a 6-year extension that would keep him in Philadelphia till 2018-2019.
The new deal, to some, ended a disappointing offseason for the Flyers’ front office and GM Paul Holmgren. Many, including myself, believe that Simmonds’ new deal has helped turn the disappointment of failed signings into a moral victory for the summer.
Holmgren has given out four extensions this summer. Three of those extensions are to young players such as Jakub Voracek, Marc-Andre Bourdon, and Simmonds. The other extension was to coach Peter Laviolette. All four of the extensions were given to players who had exceeded expectations in 2011-2012 and a coach who has been very underrated over the past couple of seasons. The problem I have with long term extensions is that the fan base can get fed up with players who do not perform to their liking.