Flyers announced today that they have re-signed All-Star forward Scott Hartnell to a 6 year contract extension.
Hartnell, who is coming off of a career year with the Flyers, was due for an extension following the 6 year deal he signed back in June of 2007. “I am very happy to be staying in Philly to continue my career playing in front of the best fans in the NHL,” says Hartnell. “I would like to thank Mr. Snider and the entire Flyers organization.” Hartnell is now locked up until 2019. Tim Panaccio reports that Hartnell’s cap hit will be 4.75 which is a small bump from the 4.2 cap hit in his previous contract. With uncertainty in the CBA this deal works out for all parties involved. Hartnell has become a fan favorite in Philadelphia known for being a goal scoring pest. Hartnell’s salary break down, according to Chris Johnston of The Canadian Press, is $6 million in 2013-2014, $5 million (14-15) $5 million (15-16), $5 million (16-17), $4.5 million (17-18), and $3 million (18-19).
His tenure in Philadelphia has been full of ups and downs. He started out slowly in the fall of 2007 with a lengthy goaless drought to begin the season that didn’t end until he scored an empty net goal against the Penguins. He then went on to produce a 30 goal season in 2008-2009 playing along side Jeff Carter and Joffrey Lupul. He followed 08-09 with his worst season as an NHLer scoring just 14 goals in 2009-2010 before forming a deadly trio with Ville Leino and Danny Briere during the playoffs. Hartnell proved his worth in 2010 playoffs potting 8 goals and 17 points helping the Flyers to within 2 victories of winning the Stanley Cup. When Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were traded Hartnell was expected to help provide for the goals left behind by Richards and Carter. Hartnell, after a slow start, was placed along side Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr. He proceeded to shatter his career high of 30 goals scoring 37 adding 30 assists for 67 points (all career highs).
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