Wayne Simmonds
W BUF
Thu 10/31/19 9:02 AM

Simmonds bagged three helpers in Wednesday night's 7-6 overtime loss to the Lightning.

EDGE Analysis

Since collecting an assist on Opening Night, Simmonds had been held pointless in eight games, but the forward broke out in a big way Wednesday, albeit in a losing effort. Three assists in an OT loss give the bruising forward four helpers on the year, but Simmonds continues to be shut out of the goal column.

Wayne Simmonds
W BUF
Sat 10/5/19 11:39 AM

Simmonds dished out an assist in Friday's 5-4 shootout loss to Winnipeg.

EDGE Analysis

Simmonds didn't take long to make an impact with his new club, assisting on the first of Blake Coleman's two goals. The physical winger also skated 2:37 on the power play, just 13 seconds behind the team-high total shared by Taylor Hall, Travis Zajac and P.K. Subban.

Wayne Simmonds
W BUF
Fri 9/20/19 11:00 AM

Simmonds (lower body) will suit up for Friday's exhibition game against the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

Simmonds has been dealing with a lower-body injury since the end of the 2018-19 campaign, but he's now back to 100 percent and ready to shake off the rust ahead of the Devils Oct. 4 regular-season opener against Winnipeg. The 31-year-old power forward had a disappointing season last year, notching just 17 goals and 30 points after totaling 24 goals and 46 points in 2017-18, but he could bounce back in 2019-20 on a New Jersey team that shouldn't have trouble putting the puck in the net.

Wayne Simmonds
W BUF
Mon 9/16/19 12:42 PM

Contrary to a previous report, Simmonds (lower body) won't play in Monday's preseason game versus the Bruins, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Simmonds was taking line rushes in practice, so the Devils may simply be exercising caution with their veteran winger. There's no reason to push Simmonds too early, as he'll add a valuable power-play upside and a physical presence in the bottom six when the regular season begins.

Wayne Simmonds
W BUF
Mon 9/16/19 10:37 AM

Simmonds (lower body) will play in Monday's preseason game versus the Bruins, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Simmonds is expected to play on the top line with rookie Jack Hughes and Nikita Gusev but he's expected to play a bottom-six role when the regular season begins. The veteran winger has seen his points decline in three straight seasons, marking just 30 points between the Flyers and Predators in 2018-19. He should be able to stop the skid by working on special teams with the Devils.

Wayne Simmonds
W BUF
Mon 7/1/19 1:59 PM

Simmonds (lower body) signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Devils on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

Simmonds has grown familiar with the Metropolitan Division from his extensive time in Philadelphia, and he'll go back to hounding those same opponents while bringing a combination of skill and snarl to New Jersey. The power forward recorded only 30 points between the Flyers and Predators last season, as his point total dropped for the third consecutive campaign. Even if he's a little past his prime, Simmonds is still an expert at screening the goaltender and digging for rebounds, which makes him a useful weapon on the power play.

Wayne Simmonds
W BUF
Sat 6/22/19 6:06 PM

Simmonds (lower body) won't be retained by the Predators in free agency, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Vingan had no update on the lower-body injury that cut Simmonds' time with the Predators short after he was acquired as a rental at the trade deadline. The injury shouldn't curtail interest in the veteran power forward, who can still bring a nice mix of skill and net-front presence. Nashville won't be among his suitors in free agency, even though the team has plenty of cap room after shipping out P.K. Subban's $9 million AAV to New Jersey at the draft.

Wayne Simmonds
W BUF
Wed 4/24/19 2:10 PM

Simmonds (lower body) wasn't able to overcome his injury prior to the Predators getting bounced from the playoffs.

EDGE Analysis

Simmonds missed the final four games of the series after getting hurt early in Game 2. The winger managed just three points in 17 contests with Nashville after making the move to the Music City at the trade deadline. The 30-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and will likely have a handful of suitors looking to add a gritty, bottom-six veteran.

Wayne Simmonds
W BUF
Mon 4/22/19 8:12 PM

Simmonds (lower body) will not play in Monday's Game 6 road tilt against the Stars, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Simmonds hasn't played since Game 2 and his absence is surely being felt with Nashville down 3-2 in the series. His status is unclear for Wednesday's potential Game 7 matchup.

Wayne Simmonds
W BUF
Sat 4/20/19 3:00 PM

Simmonds (lower body) wasn't on the ice for warmups ahead of Saturday's Game 5 against the Stars, Robby Stanley of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Simmons has effectively been ruled out for the latest playoff contest, the fact that his status came down to warmups suggests that he may not be all that far away from a return. It's not all doom and gloom for the Predators in the way of injuries, though, as Rocco Grimaldi (undisclosed) is set to return.