Scott Hartnell is coming off a career 2011-2012 campaign. Hartnell scored 37 goals and racked up 67 points, becoming a fan favorite in Philadelphia. He also became an All-Star. Now Hartsy wants to remain in the orange and black for a while.
The 30 year-old Hartnell has one year left under his current contract, and according to Flyers insider Tim Panaccio, he is aiming for an extension. Although talks haven’t begun yet between Flyers front office and Hartnell, you have to believe the team wants to keep him. One thing is certain, Scott loves the city of brotherly love.
“Scott would welcome coming back; he loves it in Philadelphia,” his agent, Matt Oates, said. “But we haven’t had any contact with the Flyers just yet.
Hartnell is one of the team’s best players, so you know they want to lock him up. However, Panaccio brings up a good point. The uncertainty of the CBA situation could delay progress between the Flyers and Hartsy.
Although Hartnell is in his thirties, I believe he can still put up numbers similar to last seasons. He is a big, physical grinder who can shoot, and he isn’t afraid to drop the gloves one bit. Not to mention he will once again be on the same line as emerging superstar Claude Giroux. Hartnell was also a force on the powerplay, totaling 16 goals, which was a team-high. Not only has he been a great talent, but Hartnell has also been very entertaining to watch. From mocking Pittsburgh fans, to his trademark HartnellDown, he is never dull to watch.
There is no way Paul Holmgren and company can ignore Hartnell’s hunger for an extension. Just from watching him play, Hartnell’s love towards his fans and team is evident. Although the cloudiness of the CBA’s state may hold things up, I believe a contract extension is imminent.
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