Simmonds to have future with Flyers decided in coming weeks

Wayne Simmonds and the Philadelphia Flyers should have a better idea on the forward's future in the next few weeks, general manager Chuck Fletcher said Monday.

The 30-year-old is in the last season of a six-year contract with an average annual value of $3.97 million and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He could be moved ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline on Feb. 25.

"I've had several conversations with Wayne and more importantly with his representation, had some meetings with them," Fletcher said. "We all know where we stand, and I can't really predict how it's going to play out. But in the next few weeks we'll have to resolve it one way or the other."

Fletcher would not say if the Flyers have made Simmonds a contract offer.

"I don't want to get into details, I don't think that's fair to the process," Fletcher said. "The dialogue has been clear. There's a tremendous amount of respect from our organization to Wayne. I think everything's been professional and the communication has been very clear."

Simmonds has 15 goals this season, second on the Flyers to Sean Couturier with 19. He has four points (two goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak. In 810 NHL games with the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings, Simmonds has 467 points (241 goals, 226 assists).

Since he was acquired by the Flyers in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings on June 23, 2011, Simmonds has 90 power-play goals, second among all players to Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (141). He has also scored 20 goals or more six times, including an NHL career-high 32 in 2015-16.

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