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New York Islanders Three UFA Options If Free Agent Anders Lee Leaves

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 29: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on December 29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Islanders defeated the Maple Leafs 4-0.(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 17: Wayne Simmonds #17 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on against the Florida Panthers during the first period at Wells Fargo Center on October 17, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Wayne Simmonds (LW) | Nashville Predators/Philadelphia Flyers

Production: 17G, 13A, 30pts
Cap Hit: $3.975 million

Wayne Simmonds is the obvious choice here. The former Philadelphia Flyers winger is one of the few true power forwards in the league. And he’s out of contract.

It’s true he had a poor year for the Philadelphia Flyers and the Nashville Predators this season. Over the previous five seasons, he’s scored between 24 and 32 goals a season. And a lot of those goals came on the power play.

That goal scoring comes primarily from right in front of the crease. Anders Lee might be the best at redirecting shots from the point, but Wayne Simmonds is a close second. Watch the first two goals in this compilation from two years ago.

That might as well be an Anders Lee compilation. Simmonds is a perfect replacement player for Lee. Assuming he can get back to his former production.

With that recent poor year, Simmonds won’t command a big price tag in free agency. His last deal carried an AAV of $3.975 million. It’s hard to imagine him getting a deal anywhere north of $4 million.

If Jordan Eberle is going to take less after a down year so will Wayne Simmonds.

Simmonds can play the same game in front of the net that Anders Lee does, and he could return 30 goals. He checks both boxes.

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