The Flyers have been quite busy re-signing their own players this offseason.
After giving Wayne Simmonds a 6 year extension, the Flyers did the same for Scott Hartnell.
The Flyers released their statement on Monday:
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have re-signed 6-2, 210-lb left wing Scott Hartnell to a multi-year contract extension, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.
“We are pleased to announce that we have agreed with Scott on a multi-year extension,” said Holmgren. “Scott has been a very good player for us over the last five seasons and we look forward to many more good years to come.”
The Flyers did not announce the terms, but their inside reporter Anthony SanFilippo tweeted that Hartnell will be given a 6 year deal which will run through the 2018-2019 season. If many were concerned that re-signing Simmonds would have any effect on Hartnell, GM Paul Holmgren certainly laid those fears to rest.
After a string of disappointing seasons, Hartnell finally broke through last year. The 30 year old had a career high in goals with 37, and points with 67, his highest total since his days in the WHL. With only a $4.25 million cap hit last year, expect him to be getting upwards of $5 million a season once the terms are released. Because his new deal will take him up to age 37, expect it to be front loaded, with bigger salaries in the first 4 years or so.
On a line with Claude Giroux and now Dallas Stars member Jarmoir Jagr, “Hartsy” truly flourished. Never truly a player who worked from the point, Hartnell found his home in front of the net. It may not have been pretty, but Hartnell’s scrappiness and ability to take hits from Defensemen are what helped him become the Flyers top goal scorer in 2011.
“I am very happy to be staying in Philly to continue my career playing in front of the best fans in the NHL,” said Hartnell. “I would like to thank Mr. Snider and the entire Flyers organization.”
UPDATE: CSN’s Tim Panaccio has learned Hartnell will have a cap hit of $4.75, bringing the total to 6 years, $28.5 million