No more room in Philadelphia for Simmonds?!

There is a major issue right now for Ron Hextall...

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The 2018-19 season is fast approaching and the Philadelphia Flyers still need to make a major decision when it comes to veteran forward Wayne Simmonds and his future with the team. In his latest analysis ahead of the upcoming season, Joey Alfieri of NBC Sports wonders what the future holds for Simmonds, who is eligible next summer to become an unrestricted free agent. There have been rumors circling since last February’s trade deadline that the Flyers were willing to move him.

A big change took place this summer too when the Flyers landed coveted free agent James van Riemsdyk, and his addition to the roster might not leave much room to keep Simmonds, who’s coming off pelvic surgery. Alfieri believes the Flyers could be reluctant to re-sign a player who’s soon to turn 30 and has had his share of injuries. With the coming seasons, he might not age well in the National Hockey League...

“I’ve played in this league a long time and I think you come to realize as a player if you’re not at your top, you’re probably not going to be getting probably what you usually should,” Simmonds said, per NBC Sports Philly. “I know that’s what maybe went down at the end, there’s not really much I can say about that. If I was 100 percent, then I think there might be some annoyance, but I wasn’t 100 percent and I understand the situation that we’re in, the position that we’re in, we were fighting for the playoffs.”

Some pundits believe the Flyers will not be looking to move him urgently and play a wait and see game with the veteran forward, however, general manager Ron Hextall is quite aware that he cannot lose him for nothing next summer. 

The clock is ticking and Simmonds' days in Philly might be numbered as not only van Riemsdyk is taking most of the room, but the Flyers also have a number of in-house options that could step into a top-six role, as well. Young Nolan Patrick will look to shine some more, especially in Simmonds' absence and Hextall might see no other way than to move him before the trade deadline. 

However, if Simmonds is not fully healthy and exciting on the ice, his value might go down and the Flyers could lose big in the end...