He's ours… for a long time.

As resident jackass Gary Bettman continues to play with our emotions, a bit of good news has come for Flyers fans. The team has signed forward Wayne Simmonds to a six-year extension, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. The deal is rumored to be around $4 million per year.

This is the second late-night deal that GM Paul Holmgren has made in less than a month. If you recall, he was able to sign some defenseman to an offer sheet on July 19th.  So, it's either a coincedence or Homer hates newspapers and wants them the sports section to look out-of-date in the morning (not that newspapers need help to do that). It's anyone's guess.

If the Flyers ever play hockey again, it's a very solid signing at a decent enough price. Simmonds is a young guy who adds character to the team and can get you 50ish points every season. That's not a bad guy to have on your side.

I would generally be more excited about something like this, but I'm watching the NHLPA suffer for the consistent mishandling of revenue by the collective league ownership, but that's just the opinion of one hockey fan…

…and almost everyone else. 

So when is that Giroux extension coming? I'll take that or a new CBA, but really, I'd prefer to have both before September 15th.

Congratulations, Wayne.