Though a year remained on the two-year contract he originally signed with the Flyers, Wayne Simmonds said he was more than willing to listen when general manager Paul Holmgren initiated talks about an extension.
"Since I've come to Philadelphia, it's been a great place for me," the right winger said in a conference call with reporters Thursday afternoon. "Obviously, this is a place I want to be for a long time."
Simmonds, 23, agreed to a six-year contract extension that is believed to be worth about $4 million per season. The new deal begins in the 2013-14 season.
In 2011-12, Simmonds, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings last summer as part of the Mike Richards trade, produced a career-high 28 goals and 21 assists while playing in all 82 games.