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Wayne Simmonds Conference Call

Thursday, 08.16.2012 / 2:48 PM / News
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Wayne Simmonds Conference Call
Flyers (RW) Wayne Simmonds held a conference call with the media on Thursday. Below is the transcript...

Q: On signing his extension
 
“Obviously I think since I’ve come to Philadelphia, I think it’s been a great place for me.  I signed this extension just hoping that we could bring a Stanley Cup to Philadelphia.  I just want to be another piece of the puzzle.  I think we have a great young core put in place.  Obviously this is where I want to be for a long time.”
 
Q: On signing the contract during CBA negotiations
 
“I’m not too sure.  I think [Paul Holmgren] and my agent just started speaking about the contract recently.  I think a deal came up where I think it’s smart of me to take it.  Just to be a part of the Flyers organization for a substantial amount of time, I jumped on it.”
 
Q: Were you surprised this happened this far from when your current contract ends?
 
“I thought I had a pretty productive season last year.  I didn’t know exactly coming into the summer where I stood or what would happen.  I’d talked to [Holmgren] a little bit, but I still wasn’t too sure on the contract front, so I was obviously going into the season planning on doing well.  When [Holmgren] came to us with the contract extension, I spoke with my agent and obviously the three of us thought it was a good idea.”
 
Q: Who do you think you might play with next season?
 
“I honestly couldn’t say.  I played on every single line last year.  The way that [Peter Laviolette] did, if you’re not working he’s gonna switch it up.  I think the last quarter of the season I played the majority with [Brayden Schenn] and [Danny Briere].  I had a good time playing on that line; I thought we were successful.  I’m willing to play wherever [Laviolette] puts me.”
 
Q: Do you feel any pressure to up your game?
 
“I don’t feel pressure, but obviously I’m going to go out there, and I work as hard as I can every day whether it’s on the ice or off the ice.  I think I’m going to continue to progress as a player, and I’m going to do everything I can to help the Philadelphia Flyers win.”
 
Q: What do you remember about the last work stoppage and how do you think another one might affect things?
 
“Last lockout, there wasn’t a season for a full year and I think it knocked back a lot of players… younger guys had to drop down leagues and things of that sort.  We presented a proposal to the league, and I don’t think the players want [a work stoppage] any means, but I think it’s going to come closer to September 15th before a decision’s made.”
 
Q: Do you think down the road you could be a 35 or 40-goal guy?
 
“That would be nice.  I certainly think we have the talent on our team.  I don’t even think it matters who you play with on our team, everyone’s great.  We’ve got four great centers and they’re just surrounded by talent.  I think obviously I’m going to continue to improve… I’m not going to put numbers on it, but I need to get better as an all-around player and I’m definitely going to work towards that.”
 
Q: On LA winning the Cup the year after he left
 
“Even before the LA Kings won, as soon as I was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers, that’s what I want to do – is win a Stanley Cup for the Philadelphia Flyers.  I don’t think it changes much that LA won it last year.  Obviously we’re still hungry.  We’ve got a hungry group of guys.  Everybody’s got the same thing on their mind – our ultimate goal is to win a Stanley Cup.  We have a lot of guys who think alike on our team, so it’s a good situation.”
 
Q: Have you done anything different this summer to continue to build on last year?
 
“Not really.  I’m still doing pretty much the same thing.  I did switch trainers, but I’m still with pretty much the same group of guys I worked out with for the last three off-seasons, and everything so far is going well.”
 
Q: On his gut feeling on the labor situation
 
“Honestly I have no clue.  All the players are obviously going to show up if we’re ready to play the season.  But by September 15, if a deal’s not reached, I’m not too sure.  This is my first time going through this and I’m really not too familiar with the process.  But from all the players’ accounts, we want to play.  We’re ready to start.”
 
Q: Are you making backup plans?
 
“I haven’t started looking as of yet.  Obviously I’m hoping there’s a season.  I’m sure as it comes closer I’ll speak to my agent about that and see where things go from there.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 82 28 58 7 86
J. Voracek 82 23 39 11 62
W. Simmonds 82 29 31 -4 60
S. Hartnell 78 20 32 11 52
M. Streit 82 10 34 3 44
B. Schenn 82 20 21 0 41
M. Read 75 22 18 -4 40
S. Couturier 82 13 26 1 39
V. Lecavalier 69 20 17 -16 37
K. Timonen 77 6 29 5 35
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 33 18 7 .917 2.50
R. Emery 9 12 2 .903 2.96
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