Flyers Trade Wayne Simmonds to Nashville for Ryan Hartman, 2020 Conditional 4th
And with that, the train rides off the tracks.
Just 3 minutes before the deadline (although we didn't find out until after 3 P.M.), the Philadelphia Flyers made their only move of the trade deadline. Fan favorite right winger Wayne Simmonds has been sent to Smashville in exchange for right winger Ryan Hartman and a 2020 conditional 4th.
First, the return. Hartman is a 24-year old forward with 83 points in 226 games (.37 PPG). This year, he has 20 points in 64 games with Nashville (.31 PPG), but his advanced metrics have been solid. His best season came in 2016-17, where we posted 31 points (including 19 goals) in 76 games with Chicago. He is signed through this season at $875,000 (the final year of his ELC), and is a pending RFA. He's certainly not a bad player - and at 24, he certainly has some room to grow. Hartman is already a top-9 forward and may become a little bit more in the future.
As for the pick, the 2020 4th will be upgraded into a 3rd if Nashville wins at least one playoff round this year. Overall, it's not an amazing trade by Chuck Fletcher, especially considering the initial price. It seemed conceivable the Flyers could get a 1st round pick for Simmer, if not a little bit more. It's good compared to some deals (see Mark Stone), but underwhelming matched with others (Kevin Hayes). But the Flyers got younger and recouped assets for a guy who probably wasn't going to re-sign on a team that probably isn't going to make the playoffs.
Of course, Wayne Simmonds isn't just some guy. Since arriving in the Mike Richards trade (along with Brayden Schenn and a 2nd) back in 2011, the Wayne Train has been the heart and soul of the Flyers. His physical style, goal-scoring prowess, and heart on sleeve mentality made him a fan favorite. He wore an A on his sweater for several years. There was no one on the Flyers more universally liked than Wayne Simmonds. His production may have dropped over the last two years, but he was still a pleasure to watch.
Now go get yourself a cup, Simmer. We'll always love you in Philly.