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The Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers pulled off a buzzer-beater trade on Monday prior to the deadline.

The Flyers are sending forward Wayne Simmonds to the Music City for Ryan Hartmanand a draft pick, the team announced. The draft choice is a fourth-round pick in 2020, but it will become a third-rounder if Nashville advances past the first round in the playoffs, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports.

Simmonds, 30, carries a $3.975-million cap hit and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He’s scored 16 goals and recorded 11 assists in 62 games this season.

Simmonds played his first two seasons in Philadelphia under Peter Laviolette, who’s now the head coach in Nashville.

He’s the Predators’ second major addition of the day after they landed Mikael Granlundfrom the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Kevin Fiala.

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Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher is not going to let Wayne Simmonds leave for nothing.

“That won’t happen,” Fletcher told Philly.com’s Sam Carchidi. “The goal would be to either have him signed or moved by the trade deadline.”

The veteran forward, who is expected to be dealt, is a pending unrestricted free agent at the end of the year.

Fletcher understands what Simmonds brings to the team, but knows he has to consider the financial impact.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Wayne Simmonds, but we have to look at our cap situation moving forward,” Fletcher said. “(Simmonds) has been a warrior for this franchise and is still a heck of a hockey player.”

The 30-year-old is in his eighth season with the Flyers and has tallied 202 goals and 373 points in 569 games with the franchise. This season, Simmonds ranks second on the Flyers with 15 goals and leads the team with 67 penalty minutes.

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A pair of Central Division powerhouses, the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets, are both keeping an eye on Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds ahead of the Feb. 25 NHL trade deadline, according to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun.

On Thursday, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported that Simmonds is “more likely than not to be traded” before the deadline.

Simmonds is in the final year of his contract, but his team-friendly $3.975-million cap hit makes him one of the more attractive rental options available. He does, however, have a limited no-trade clause, in which he can submit a 12-team no-trade list.

Simmonds is having a down year by his standards, but the power forward would be an invaluable addition for any team gearing up for a deep playoff run, given that physicality tends to amp up in the postseason. Nashville and Winnipeg are already considered two of the heaviest teams in the league, so adding Simmonds would make either team even more dangerous.

The 30-year-old is on pace for 25 goals, but his 35 points would be his lowest mark in a full season since joining the Flyers in 2011-12. Of course, his assist total would likely be higher if he were on a better team, surrounded by better linemates. The Flyers are dead-last in the Eastern Conference, and Simmonds is currently skating with Nolan Patrickand Scott Laughton.

The Predators and Jets sit comfortably atop the Central Division with 58 points apiece, but both clubs could stand to add some scoring depth up front.

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There’s a better chance Wayne Simmonds gets dealt before the trade deadline than stays with the Philadelphia Flyers beyond it, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

On Thursday’s edition of “Insider Trading”, McKenzie reported new general manager Chuck Fletcher could move the longtime Flyers forward. Fletcher is reportedly looking to add a goaltender, a top-four defenseman, and a top-nine center.

“Will he trade veterans between now and the deadline? Absolutely,” McKenzie said. “Wayne Simmonds is more likely than not to be traded. Not 100 percent, but more likely than not.

“And while Fletcher could get draft picks and prospects coming back in for a guy like Simmonds or another veteran player, he’s also planning on using draft picks, prospects and younger players to try (to) go out and achieve those things; the goalie, the defenseman, and the center.”

Simmonds is in the final year of his contract, carrying a cap hit of nearly $4 million. He came into Thursday’s action ranking third on the club with 13 goals in 43 contests.

Philadelphia sat dead-last in the NHL entering play Thursday, although they have a game in hand on the Ottawa Senators and the Los Angeles Kings.

The NHL’s trade deadline for the 2018-19 campaign is Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. ET.

The Philadelphia Flyers and winger Wayne Simmonds have held preliminary talks about a new contract, he told theScore’s John Matisz at BioSteel Camp on Wednesday.

While discussions have started, Simmonds is focused primarily on his health heading into the final season of his six-year, $23.85-million contract.

“I’ve gotta get healthy, first and foremost, and show (them) that I am the player that I was, I think, two years ago,” Simmonds said, according to Matisz.

Following the Flyers’ first-round playoff elimination in April, Simmonds revealed a ridiculous list of injuries he played through in 2017-18.

The 30-year-old still managed to suit up in 75 contests last season, recording 24 goals and 46 points – his lowest total in both categories in a full campaign since 2011-12.

When fully healthy, Simmonds is one of the premier producers at his position. Since 2013-14, Simmonds’ 144 goals rank sixth among all right-wingers. If he can get back on track next season, it’s safe to say he’ll be in line for a raise from his modest $3.975 million cap hit.

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Wayne Simmonds has experienced racism in the NHL first-hand in the past, and according to the Philadelphia Flyers forward, it’s still an issue in the league.

“I don’t want to say it’s completely gone – racism in the game – because I believe it’s not,” Simmonds told Joey Vendetta of Sportsnet 590 on Wednesday. “I’ve had situations arise where I’ve had things said to me or done to me, but I think for myself it’s kind of a motivator.”

Simmonds grew up in Toronto, and played junior in the OHL with the Owen Sound Attack and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, but having played his entire pro career in the United States with the Los Angeles Kings and Flyers, he’s noticed a difference between the two countries.

“Growing up in Canada, I think it was a little bit different. Obviously hockey is life in Canada. So you grow up as a young black kid and everyone is playing hockey around you, so it’s easy to get into,” Simmonds said.

“But I think it’s just easier in Canada. I think the States is kind of, as it’s going now – I don’t want to say it’s segregated, but I think you feel it a little bit more. You feel it a little bit more in the States, whereas in Canada it’s – especially in Toronto, it’s a melting pot. You’ve got every single culture. You’ve got everything here under the sun. It’s like a rainbow. You just don’t feel it as much when you’re growing up in Canada. And I moved to the States I started to notice it a little bit more, but I’m always around good people so it doesn’t have an effect on me.”

Simmonds generally let’s his play do the talking, and lately, his performance has spoken volumes, setting a career high in goals last season with 32.

Things aren’t looking good of late for the Philadelphia Flyers.

They’re slowly dropping out of playoff contention, they have one of the game’s highest payrolls – just north of $74 million – and their efforts on the ice have been questioned by their starting netminder.

Things got worse Wednesday when an article appeared on NJ.com questioning the worth of Claude Giroux as Flyers captain.

The piece calls out Giroux as being partly responsible for the compete level of the team and the squad underachieving. It also questions why he hasn’t called out his teammates for their lack of effort. The article even asks fans to cast a vote for who should wear the ‘C’ for the Flyers next season.

The article set off teammate Wayne Simmonds.

“That’s bull—-,” Simmonds told Frank Seravalli of Philly Daily News. “It has nothing to do with team leadership or how good of a captain he is. He goes out there every single shift and plays his heart out. For (that writer) to even speculate that ‘G’ is not a good leader is a joke. It’s embarrassing.”

Giroux, who isn’t the most talkative with the media, responded about his role as captain.

“This team is one of the most important things in my life,” Giroux said. “I take it to heart. It means a lot to me how this team plays, how this team goes. I care a lot for these players. We always try to do our best for the team. I come to the rink every day and I’m happy to be around this team. I get up in the morning and I’m pretty excited to come to the rink.”

Giroux would obviously like to see his team play better and knows there are areas they need to work on.

“We’re obviously not in the situation that we want to be in right now,” Giroux said. “We made a lot of mistakes that cost us that. It’s not one, two or three players – it’s everybody that comes together.

“I think we had times during the year that we played very good hockey, we played as a team, and our chemistry was really good. I don’t know how to explain (our troubles). When we have big games, we find a way to play at our best. I don’t know if we’re not ready or our motivation isn’t as good when we play against teams that are not as good. It’s obviously something we’ve got to look at.”

Giroux has 61 points in 67 games and was running away with the lead in the poll for next season’s captain with a 72.82 percent vote at the time of this writing.