Devils Sign F Wayne Simmonds To 1-Year Deal

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July 01, 2019 - 3:37 pm
Wayne Simmonds looks on before a face off against the Minnesota Wild in the first period at Xcel Energy Center.

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The New Jersey Devils have signed forward Wayne Simmonds to a one-year, $5 million deal, the team announced on Twitter Monday afternoon.

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Simmonds split his time between the Flyers and Predators last season, finishing the year with 17 goals and 13 assists in 79 games.

For his career, the 11-year veteran has 243 goals and 231 assists in 841 NHL games. In addition, Simmonds has proven to be incredibly durable, never appearing in less than 75 games during a full season. 

Simmonds was also awarded the Mark Messier Leadership Award during the 2018-19 season. This award recognizes a player that is seen as a superior leader within their sport, both on and off the ice.

The 30-year-old forward is New Jersey's first big free agent signing of the offseason.

However, the Devils have made a few splashes in the last two weeks with their acquisition of defenseman P.K. Subban in a trade from Nashville, along with drafting center Jack Hughes with the first overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

New Jersey still has around $20 million in cap space to use if they choose to, but the team has already reached the 2019-20 salary cap floor.