Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds is one of the top players rumored to be available before Monday's 3 p.m. ET NHL trade deadline, and the asking price for the veteran is steep.
Edmonton-based reporter Jim Matheson tweeted Monday the Bruins are in pursuit of the right winger, but the asking price is high. Here are the details:
Bruins still have Wayne Simmonds as No. 1 object but it'll cost them first-rounder and a prospect.— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) February 25, 2019
A first-round draft pick and a prospect is a steep price for Simmonds, whose scoring is on pace to decrease for the third consecutive season. The 30-year-old power forward plays a brand of tough, blue-collar hockey that B's fans adore, but he's not the same type of scoring threat he was a few years ago.
Simmonds also will be an unrestricted free agent in July if unsigned before that time. So, he'd likely be a rental for any team acquiring him before the trade deadline.
The Bruins already gave up a talented young player in Ryan Donato, as well as a fifth-round draft pick, to land Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle via trade last week. Boston still has plenty of ammo to make another impactful move Monday, but acquiring Simmonds is unlikely to put the Bruins on, or even near the level of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who currently are the clear cut favorite to win the Eastern Conference and Stanley Cup.
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