Free agency looms Simmonds, who is a pending unrestricted free agent, is interested in returning to Buffalo, Lance Lyskowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact Simmonds was the team's big trade deadline acquisition but only saw seven games with the Sabres before the pandemic cut short the season. Buffalo is one of seven teams not to make the league's 24-team playoff, should play resume before next season. Simmonds will turn 32 in August, but the Sabres need size and toughness up front and the fit seemed to be there, even in such a limited sample size. We'll see if the two sides work something out or if another team offers up a bigger payday than Buffalo. The veteran finished his 12th NHL season with 25 points, a minus-21 rating, 145 hits and 66 PIM in 68 games between Buffalo and New Jersey.
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