Maple Leafs sign Wayne Simmonds to two-year, $1.8M extension

Leafs forward Wayne Simmonds explains why he was never really tempted to test the open free agent market this off-season, and why there was still mutual interest to stay in Toronto and why he still feels he's a great fit.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are bringing Wayne Simmonds back on a two-year deal worth $900,000 per year, the club announced Tuesday.

Simmonds, who turns 33 this summer, joined the Maple Leafs on a one-year deal in free agency last winter and provided a hard-to-play-against body in the bottom six and at times on the power play. The Scarborough, Ont., native posted seven goals and nine points in 38 games this season and one assist in seven playoff games.

After the Maple Leafs were bounced from the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens, Simmonds told reporters he would be open to a reunion with the Leafs if management wanted him back. It appears that the feeling was mutual.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time this year playing for the Leafs. Although it is a sport we play, we love the game we play, it is a business. We didn’t get past that Game 7 threshold, so I honestly don’t know what management’s thought process is, or how the coaching staff feels about the support pieces on the team,” he said at the time.

For his career, Simmonds has skated in 947 games over 13 seasons with the Kings, Flyers, Predators, Sabres, Devils and Maple Leafs, scoring 258 goals and 508 points.

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