Philadelphia Flyers Sign Scott Hartnell To Six-Year Contract Extension
The Philadelphia Flyers announced the signing of LW Scott Hartnell to a six-year contract extension (rumored to be at $5.5 million per year), on Monday afternoon. The signing comes after Hartnell’s most productive season in the NHL (37 G, 30 A), where he earned himself a spot on the top line as well as a trip to the All-Star Game.
Hartnell has been with the Flyers since the 2007-2008 season, after he was traded - along with Kimmo Timonen - from the Nashville Predators. He signed a six-year, $25.2 million contract with the Flyers almost immediately after coming to Philadelphia, a contract that would have expired at the end of next season.
In 407 games with the Flyers, Hartnell posted 263 points. He struggled at the start of the 2011-2012 season, and was even rumored to be on the trading block. After Peter Laviolette put him on the top line with Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr, Hartnell found his groove and went on to have the best season of his NHL career.
While the Flyers have not made a big splash during the offseason as expected, they are quietly working internally to ensure the team’s successful future, as demonstrated by Hartnell’s extension as well as Wayne Simmonds’ contract extension, which was announced on August 16.