The Maple Leafs reportedly are working toward keeping forward Wayne Simmonds in blue and white.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman tweeted on Monday that the club is in talks to re-sign Simmonds.
If it happens, one would think Simmonds won’t get the $1.5 million US he was paid last season on a one-year contract.
And if Simmonds does re-sign and gets much more than the NHL minimum of $750,00 on a one-year deal — which is what Jason Spezza re-signed with Toronto for on June 16 — chalk it up as a player-friendly contract.
In 38 games with the Leafs in 2020-21, Simmonds had nine points (seven goals and two assists), averaging 11 minutes 59 seconds a game in ice time.
Five of his goals came in the 12 games he played before suffering a broken wrist against Vancouver on Feb. 6.
In seven playoff games, Simmonds had one assist.
Simmonds, who turns 33 in August, brought a physical element to the Leafs every so often. On the power play, Simmonds had three goals.
If the Scarborough native can stay healthy, the Leafs will have retained a good depth option for their bottom six.