Everybody had a feeling Wayne Simmonds was playing hurt. Nobody knew it was this bad.
Despite reaching the 20-goal mark for the fifth consecutive season, the power forward struggled throughout the 2017-18 NHL season, finishing with his lowest point total (46) since 2012-13 (32).
Simmonds revealed today he had been playing with a torn pelvis since training camp. He also announced he pulled his groin in October before later breaking his ankle in the same month. That wasn’t the end of his injuries, though.
Wayne Simmonds injury timeline
• Enters training camp with torn pelvis.
• Oct. 17: pulled groin
• Oct. 19: broken teeth from Mattias Ekholm’s stick
• Late Oct: breaks ankle from Shayne Gostisbehere snapshot
• Feb. 16: tore ligament in his hand.
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) April 25, 2018
Simmonds didn’t miss any games until February, when he was ruled out for two-to-three weeks with an upper-body injury.
There’s hockey tough, and then there’s Wayne Simmonds tough.