The Nashville Predators acquired Wayne Simmonds from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Ryan Hartman and 2020 fourth round pick. The fourth round pick turns into a third if Nashville wins one round of the playoffs, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
Simmonds, 30, was officially traded three minutes before the NHL trade deadline at 3:00 p.m. EST. He will be reuniting with his former coach Peter Laviolette. Simmonds is due to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and carries a $3.975 million cap hit. The forward was drafted 61st overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2007 draft. He was later traded to the Flyers in part the famous Mike Richards trade. This season he scored 27 points ( 16 goals, 11 assists) in 62 games for the Flyers.
The newly appointed forward will be depth, stability and toughness for the Predators. Now the Predators can focus on winning their first ever Stanley Cup.