NHL 'done making proposals;' Simmonds leaves Europe

Wayne Simmonds signed a 6-year, $23.8 million contract extension in August with the Flyers. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

  The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association appear to be in a deep freeze.

   Bill Daly, the league’s deputy commissioner, told the New York Times’ Chris Botta that the NHL was “done making proposals. We'll see what they want to do."

   Meanwhile, most NHL players are earning paychecks in Europe or in the AHL, and those that played in the NHL last year received escrow checks earlier this month that averaged over $200,000.

   We seem to be in a certified stalemate, folks, and there is no end in sight.

   Happy holidays, fans.

   There is, however, some good news for season-ticket holders: It looks like you’re going to have a lot more money to spend on Christmas gifts this year.

  Simmonds departs. Citing family reasons, Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds is leaving the Liberec Tigers and returning home, according to his team's website. It is not known if the racial taunts he received in the Czech Republic a little over two weeks ago had anything to do with his decision.

  Simmonds' departure came on the same day of reports that eight fans _ who allegedly chanted racial taunts at the winger _ will be charged with disorderly conduct and defamation of a nation, race or ethnic group.

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