Wayne Simmonds is going home!
The veteran winger and the Maple Leafs have come to an agreement on a one-year deal that sees Simmonds make $1.5 million and also includes a full no-movement clause.
The Montreal Canadiens offered more money and Calgary was willing to go longer-term but Simmonds wanted nothing more but to go home, and try and win for the Maple Leafs.
Wayne Simmonds tells @Sportsnet that he brings "functional toughness." Believes he can still play, but will "punch your head off," if needed.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 9, 2020
Simmonds will be the perfect fit for the Leafs, only if he is healthy, which by all accounts is the case. Having Simmonds in their bottom-six makes the Leafs a tougher team to play against and this is certainly a step in the right direction.
What’s next, you ask?
Maple Leafs being linked to several today as expected. MacKenzie Weegar, Matt Benning, Mathias Janmark, Wayne Simmonds (appears to be done), and if Pietrangelo tells Kyle Dubas he wants to be a Leaf, a Andreas Johnsson/Travis Dermott trade will be your first clue #LeafsForever
— Shug McSween (@ShugMcSween) October 9, 2020