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Flyers sign Scott Hartnell to six-year, $28.5 million extension

Aug 20, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

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The Flyers are making sure to stay busy signing their own guys if they can’t sign everyone else’s.

The team announced they’ve locked up power forward Scott Hartnell to a six-year contract extension, keeping him in a Philly uniform through the 2018-19 season. Anthony San Filippo of the Flyers’ website reports the deal is worth $5.5 million a year, good for a total of $33 million.

Update (4:48 p.m. ET:) Tim Panaccio of reports the deal is worth $4.75 million per year, good for a total of $28.75 million.

“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.”

At 30 years-old, Hartnell had a career-year scoring 37 goals and finishing with 67 points. The Flyers also signed Wayne Simmonds to a six-year deal this summer to keep him in town. Keep in mind, one of the NHL’s CBA proposals was to limit contracts to five years in length. Nothing like taking care of business before the rules change.

  1. t16rich - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    In my opinion he’s the type of player that the other 29 fan bases hate but would all love on their team. Surprised this happened so soon.

    • phillyphever - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      Not really. I’m thinking they wanted to get him taken care of before someone offers him more next offseason. Plus, they want to keep Giroux happy by making sure his linemate is there for a long time.

    • imleftcoast - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      For $5.5m/year, you probably want a guy who can stand up on his skates. Agree with Philly that this is to keep Giroux happy, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

      • jimw81 - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        no it’s 4.75 cap hit. Good hit. Looks like they are ready to sign Giorux long term.

      • imleftcoast - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:23 PM

        Oh wow, big update. For $4.75m/season, you should get a guy who can stand up on his skates.

      • danphipps01 - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM

        Had more goals than anyone on the Canucks roster this year, and more points than all but two. But, hey, with all those bargain contracts your team is famous for (you know, Ballard, Booth, Luongo…), you definitely get the last laugh.

  2. flyersgoalscoredby88 - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Nice! Having hartsy and Simmer on different lines makes it a lot tougher for opposing defenses to match up.

  3. wakegoalie27 - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    I’m glad to hear this! Good signing that guarantees the first line stays intact for years to come!
    Hartnell was really good last season and I see him putting up 30g/65 pts a season average over this next 6 years.

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      …the first line just lost Jagr…so…it’s not really…intact…

      • chrisvegas - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        Jagr is old and injured half the time. The top line is better off with Voracek.

  4. joebuckiscreepy - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    All-Ginger Line next year!

  5. jimw81 - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    I guess Snider disgrees with Bettman on 5yr contracts

    • jimw81 - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      It’s front loaded, $6M in 2013-’14 followed by $5M, $5M, $5M, $4.5M and $3M.

  6. flyeredup202 - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Now they need to take care of G…. get him a nice long Crosby like deal… 12 year 112 mil lock him up in orange forever.

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      can’t until next year…current CBA won’t allow it. It’s not football, you gotta wait until one year before free agency.

  7. bmscalise - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    I can understand why Philly fans are excited by this. But the Pens signed a 24 year-old James Neal to a 6 year, 30 million deal. Just saying…

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      Is the extra 1.25M is for Neal’s willingness to go after the head of opposing teenagers??

      • sportsfreak13 - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:01 PM

        Nope its for his ability to skate without earning some lame nickname like “Neal down”.

      • freebie717 - Aug 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM

        I actually thought that was Crosby’s nickname. Isn’t that why all the guys in the shower say that to him?

    • chrisvegas - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      What is your point? Both are good players.

      • bmscalise - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        My point? If I have to spell it out, my point is that you have two wingers coming off of career years (although Neal’s numbers were a bit better) – signing almost identical deals. Neal will spend all of his best years with the Pens; Hartnell will starting slowing down halfway through this deal. I’m saying, given their age, this deal makes Neal’s look really good.

      • phillyphever - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:57 PM

        Bad point. Many things can happen between now and down the road. Plus, Hartnell could have gotten a lot more if he tested FA next year (especially since the loser of the Corey Perry sweepstakes is gonna get desperate for someone of his ilk).

    • chrisvegas - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:45 PM

      Both deals are good in my opinion. $4.75 million a year for a 25 – 30 goal scorer who plays on the first line isn’t bad. Hartnell may slow down a bit in his final two years, but then again it isn’t unheard of for a hockey player to play at a high level at 34-36 years of age. Especially a power forward who uses his strength more then his skating ability. Just look at players like Knuble who were very effective at 35 and 36 years of age. Hartnell has a record for being pretty durable as well. Knock the deal all you want, but I don’t see how this deal is a bad one, besides his deal is less then it is for Neal.

      • flyersgoalscoredby88 - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:34 AM

        What does slowing down mean for Hartnell? He stands in front of the crease. If they’re gonna catch you, you might as well meet them in front of the goalie.

  8. billobrienschindimple - Aug 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    Only a ginger can call another ginger ginger.

  9. chrisvegas - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Hartnell is a really good player. I think where people underestimate him is with his personality in the locker room. He is a great guy for team chemistry. He keeps the team lose with his humor and gets along with everyone. This is a really good move by the Flyers. Opposing teams can’t stand him, but when he is playing on your team you got to love him.

  10. sjsharks66 - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    I’m just going to throw this out. Simmonds has a career year and signs a 6 year deal. Hartnell has a career year and signs 6 years. Seems like the flyers are getting a little to excited. Both should have gotten like 3 years and if they keep up the numbers then give em the next 3. This just seems like it COULD blow up in their faces. As of now both are good signings because they had great years.

    • chazxcore - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM

      Or they could could have another career year next year and then have to pay even more to get them signed and if the CBA only allows 4 year contracts, they will now have an extra 2 years on that.

    • chrisvegas - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      You forget the fact that they got both these players at a bargain price. Under five million for both a 30 goal scorer and a 28 goal scorer. Not to mention that simmonds will still be in his 20s when his deal is up. Hartnell will be 36 which isn’t to bad. Both players signed for less money per year because they signed them long term. If they tried to sign them to a three year deal who is to say the players would have agreed to the same price per year? I think it is a good move. Heck hartnell is making 4.5 mil a year now, so he only really got a .25 mil increase. Not to bad if you ask me.

  11. chazxcore - Aug 20, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    The Fire Bush Line is intact for the next few years now!

  12. bruin63 - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Great deal. Hartnell is an all around great player who is a great presence in the locker room. James Neal is nothing but a cheap player who can score.

  13. dawglb - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Love this signing! He has obviously proven himself in “the room”, as well as on the ice.

  14. cameltoews - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    Scott hartnell is not of the same “ilk” as Corey perry. Please don’t make that comparison.

    • phillyphever - Aug 20, 2012 at 7:49 PM

      Lets see: both are power forwards, both can put the puck in the net and both are big pains in the asses. Other than talent, both of them are the same player (plus, someone would have overpaid for Hartnell if they missed out on Perry).

  15. jpat2424 - Aug 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Who cares

  16. dannythebisforbeast - Aug 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Funny no pens comments? Either 40 commenters or zero Where U at Mr. multiple personalities? Mommy make you go to bed early tonight

  17. sjsharks66 - Aug 20, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    I just heard from someone that briere’s mom passes away today. Just letting all the flyers fans know incase you had not heard. Sorry for your loss Danny.

  18. biffnasty - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Fartsmell is Sean Avery with no soul and a bad perm

  19. mclovinhockey - Aug 21, 2012 at 6:53 AM

    I’m kinda shocked I may be the only one who thinks the deal is shocking. This guy is my favorite player in the NHL, he makes games fun to watch in another way. Like the time he tossed his glove at Malone to try to stop him on a breakaway…. But for the next 7 years he will be getting 4.7 a year… If the Cap drops we will be paying 1/11th of the cap to a guy who has had one great year. If last year he didn’t have a career year I think we could have gotten him for about 3.5 a year or less

  20. madman69 - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Outside of the Wings organization, Hartnell is my favorite NHL player…and that takes a lot to say since I am in no way shape or form a Flyer fan. He lives the hockey life most of us mens league players want; he has a blast every game, scores goals, drops the gloves and always has a smile on his face…even when he’s playing the Pens. This is a hell of a bargain for Philly to have him in the locker room and in that city for another seven total years. Good luck Philly…just stay out of the Central (or conference B if the change ever happens).

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