Maple Leafs reportedly in talks to re-sign Wayne Simmonds


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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.


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