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Predators Acquire Forward Wayne Simmonds from Philadelphia

Predators Add Six-Time 20-Goal Scorer and 11-year NHL Veteran in Trade with Philadelphia

by Press Release @PredsNHL / NashvillePredators.com

Nashville, Tenn. (February 25, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the team has acquired forward Wayne Simmonds in exchange for forward Ryan Hartman and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Simmonds, 30 (8/26/88), has 16 goals and 27 points for the Flyers this season, his 11th NHL campaign. He's recorded five power-play goals, the third-most on Philadelphia, and his 91 tallies with the man-advantage since the 2011-12 season are tied for second among all NHL skaters. A six-time 20-goal scorer, Simmonds has notched 203 goals over the last eight seasons, the 16th-most in the NHL over that time span. He has hit the 50-point mark four times, including a career-high 60 in both 2013-14 and 2015-16. The 6-foot-2 right wing has also tallied at least 100 penalty minutes five times, and his 1,048 career PIMs are the ninth-most among all active players. He participated in his first NHL All-Star Game in 2017 and his .57 career points per game are the 13th-most among players with at least 800 games played since making his NHL debut on Oct. 11, 2008.

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Originally drafted in the second round (61st overall) by Los Angeles in the 2007 NHL Draft, Simmonds has 242 goals and 471 points in 824 career games the Flyers and Kings. He went straight to the NHL from the Ontario Hockey League, where he played two seasons with the Owen Sound Attack and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 2006-08. A native of Scarborough, Ont., Simmonds won a Gold Medal with Canada at the 2008 World Junior Championship and represented his country at two World Championship tournaments, earning silver in 2017. Off the ice, Simmonds was a finalist for the 2017 NHL Foundation Award and has raised more than $100,000 for his "Wayne's Road Hockey Warriors" program, which provides opportunities for youth hockey players in his hometown, since 2012.

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