Pat Simmons is in a tough situation, true.
Might be, however, that any currently underperforming skips on teams with Olympic aspirations are in their own tough spot because of the availability of the 41-year-old curling star.
With the announcement that the Simmons rink - including lead Nolan Thiessen, second Carter Rycroft and third John Morris - is disbanding at the end of this season, Simmons is a free agent. If you're a curling fan, there's no need for me to run down his resumé. If you're not, suffice it to say that he's the equivalent of an all-star goaltender or quarterback in his prime.
And he's available.
Problem is, we are less than a couple of years away from the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea and that is not optimum free agency time. Those teams that consider themselves contenders to represent Canada are - one would assume - set when it comes to their line-up.
Putting a player like Simmons on the scene might have more than one of them reconsidering that, though.Read More »from Pat Simmons looks for new horizons as his curling team announces break up