Jan 31, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds (17) gets ready for a face off during the first period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

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Report: Flyers send Simmonds to Nashville

February 25, 2019 - 4:15 pm
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By Andrew Porter

PHILADELPHIA (WIP) — The Flyers have reportedly traded Wayne Simmonds to the Predators three minutes before the 3pm E.T. deadline. Simmonds will join former Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette in Nashville. The Flyers, who were reportedly seeking a first-round pick and a prospect for Simmer, will get Ryan Hartman and a 2020 fourth-round pick (turn into a third if the Predators win one playoff series). 

Hartman, 24, has 10 goal and 10 assists in 64 games with the Predators this season. He has 83 total points in 226 career NHL games.   

Simmonds, 30, is making $5 million this season and is set to become an unrestricted free-agent after the season. Some hope the Flyers' plan is to sign Simmonds back as a free-agent this offseason. 

Simmonds was traded to the Flyers in June of 2011 and has scored 203 goals (an average of 26.7 per season) in orange and black, reaching the all-star game in 2015-16. This season, Simmonds has 16 goals in 62 games.

Along the way, Simmonds has endeared himself to the fans and his teammates with his tough, gritty (no pun intended) persona. After the Flyers' Stadium Series win on Saturday, Claude Giroux passed the player-of-the-game helmet to Jake Voracek who then passed it to Simmonds, alluding to the fact that it could have been Simmonds' final game as a Flyer.  

his is the first trade deadline for new Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher, who was hired on December 3rd. The Flyers (29-26-7) have won 14 of their last 19 games to climb to within seven points of the second wildcard spot. 

The NHL trade deadline is 3pm on Monday.