After an injury-plagued 2017-18 season, Wayne Simmonds says he feels good and is working towards being at his best by the time the 2018-19 season starts.
The 30-year-old power forward is currently attending the 2018 BioSteel Camp and gave an update to the media on his health status and where contract talks stand.
Simmonds is going into the final season of a six-year, $23.82 million contract (average annual value: $3.97 million) that he signed with the Flyers on Aug. 16, 2012. He’s been eligible to sign an extension since July 1.
“I feel good. Excited to start camp and get back and see the boys. I’m working towards being 100 percent. I want to be at my best by the team the season starts.”
When asked if there was anything still bugging him, Simmonds ensured he’s almost fully healthy.
“I already had all my surgeries and am healed up. Just working on getting my legs back and things of that nature.”
In terms of a contract extension, Simmonds says preliminary talks with the Flyers have taken place, but he needs to get fully healthy first.
“I need to get healthy first and foremost and show that I’m the player I was two years ago. When we continue to talk, we continue to talk. It is what it is right now.”
When asked if he has anything to prove, Simmonds went straight to the facts.
“I’ve played 10 years in this league. I’ve put together some pretty good years. I don’t think I have much to prove other than being the player that I am.”
Despite playing the entire 2017-18 season injured, including playing through a torn pelvis since training camp, Simmonds reached the 20-goal mark (24) for the fifth consecutive season and helped the Flyers return to the postseason.