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Did Scott Hartnell sign for less than he was worth?

Aug 21, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Scott Hartnell

Yesterday’s six-year $28.5 million contract extension for Scott Hartnell caused a stir amongst fans believing the Flyers may have overpaid for the 30 year-old winger.

Would you believe there are some who think he wasn’t paid enough?’s Tim Panaccio heard from one anonymous agent who believes Hartnell signed for less than he was worth.

“Everyone is asking what the [bleep] he just did,” said one agent.

Hartnell got a slight raise based on his cap hit this year ($4.2 million) and after scoring 37 goals last season, you could argue he’s worth more than a $550,000 per year raise. Then again, it seems obvious Hartnell sacrificed money for years. Getting security is a good thing.

Of course, we’re in the midst of a contentious labor negotiation and seeing a player not get as much money as he’s capable of will drive agents crazy. Besides, it’s not as if the Flyers haven’t been trying to spend tons of money this summer.

  1. wakegoalie27 - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Think about it. The loser of the perry sweepstakes next season would pay hella good money to hartsy, especially of he put up a 30 goal season!

    Hartsy took the years and no movement clause. If you ask me all parties involved CLEARLY win.

    • withseidelinn - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      This guy isn’t about the money. He enjoys playing hockey, especially in front of Philly fans. He obviously doesn’t care that much about his salary raise based on ONE year of good performance. When you’re making 4mil+ a year, I think you’re happy regardless.

  2. erbaker67 - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    As much as I despise the guy, I cant blame him for this deal. What would happen if he got injured this year (ACL for example)? He would be worth next to nothing. What if he had an 18 goal year. Would anyone spend more than 4 million on him? I wouldnt. I think he did what he could for security and I do not blame him. If he continues to play well and puts up 40 goals, the Flyers got a steal. Like wakegoalie27 said, I think both parties win on this deal.

    • jpelle82 - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:22 PM

      agree. good loyal move. he is never gonna put up 37 again and he knows it. he didnt cripple his team or make it into an awkward situation. he took a fair deal and philly can still make their team better and contend. he is affordable at this rate, he wont be productive enough in the future to hail any more than that anyway. seems like an honorable deal all around.

      • withseidelinn - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        I wouldn’t rule it out completely. It is true that Giroux was responsible for setting up the majority of his goals, and it is a stretch for him to bury 37 again. But, you do have to take into consideration his compete level and work ethic. A lot of his goals were also just completely out hustling and over powering the other team’s defensemen. A player like that will always be successful.

      • jpelle82 - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        with his style of play and his age, the ceiling has been reached in my opinion. i’m not saying he isnt an asset to any team, too old (30 is not bad), or not worth the money, but someone out there wouldve definitely overpaid if they let him test the market and i dont think he wanted to go another season and taking the chance that his stock would drop either. you gotta give him credit for being an opportunist and making an overall smart deal for himself at the right time.

  3. sippindasyzurp - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Pretty sure he looked at it and said “im guaranteed 29 Million and can be set for the rest of my life”

    How could you argue with that?

  4. Eberwizzle - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Matt Carle 6 years $33 million in Tampa Bay
    Scott Hartnell 6 years $28 million in Philadelphia

    Yeah, I think its a good signing by the Flyers

  5. broadstbully33 - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    T panach just needed a story. he creates controversy over everything. fabricated lies so he can keep writing bs articles for csn any one from philly will yell you the same thing

    • phillyphanatic76 - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:07 PM

      haha it’s true. I dislike panaccio almost as much as Pronger dislikes him.

  6. t16rich - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Of course an agent would say that. But in the end if he is happy to be in Philly and gave them a discount to help resign other players in the future, who cares? Agents always thinking about their 10% and not the intangibles weighing into a players decision.

  7. sjsharks66 - Aug 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    He is not worth more than that. That’s a great deal for the type of player he is.

  8. danphipps01 - Aug 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    We’ve been hearing about four-year, $30 million dollar offers to Shane Doan, a twenty-goal, fifty-point player who’s probably going to get worse from there given his age. According to free agency logic, Hartnell’s probably worth something like nine million dollars every year ’till he’s forty.

    Free agency is a hell of a drug.

    • phillyphanatic76 - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      very good point. they have similar statistics and style of play. I’m sure someone would have atleast offered him $5.5 to 6 per. I think it’s a great deal for both sides although it’d probably be better for the Flyers if it was a 4-5 year deal.

  9. kingfooj - Aug 21, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Funny how its a story when a player gets away with a murderous new contract, but its also a story when a guy decides to take the moderate and considerate deal to help the team. Gotta love the media

  10. flyersfan67 - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Hartsy is the face of the flyers, giving all credit to g, but Hartsy is what being a flyer is all about. Love the deal, for both sides

  11. Vintage Hockey Barn - Aug 21, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Why do we care if others think he may be worth more or not. He signed the best contract he could get. If not we wouldn’t be reading bout this.

  12. phillyphan83 - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    During a wild summer of teams all over the nhl over paying players, its nice to see the flyguys avoid two, as earlier posted(not over paying Carle and under paying Hartsy). Good job homer, now go get Doan or Ryan!!

  13. buffalo65 - Aug 21, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    He got what he’s worth. He ain’t as good as he was last year over the long haul. Career year, good deal.

  14. sndflyers - Aug 21, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    It’s not all about the money clowns. Especially when you get a chance to play with Claude Giroux aka the best player in the Nhl.

  15. dannythebisforbeast - Aug 21, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Think his divorce is final so he gets to keep more of HIS $$$!!!!

  16. greej1938l - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Really? I thought he got overpaid.

  17. tcclark - Aug 21, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    I don’t think this point is being made enough…. Matt Carle got more money! You can’t say they overpaid for Hartnell when Carle’s going to be robbing the Tampa community for the next 6 years… and i’m not just talking about their money… their hopes and dreams too. Having Carle on the ice is like giving the other team another player. He passes to their team more than yours.

    • phillyphanatic76 - Aug 23, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      I think Carle is a decent player. The majority of fans in Philly really dislike him but I didn’t mind his offensive game. That being said, he got ridiculously overpaid by Tampa. They should know better since they had him for all of 12 games in 08-09 before they got tired of him and shipped him here for STEVE EMINGER (steve downie was a part of the deal too). I love how the media nowadays, whenever talking about Carle, explains how he actually wasn’t shielded by Pronger after several years of telling us that Pronger made him what he is. There’s a huge difference between Carle turning the puck over and having #20 to save the day and Carle turning the puck over with whoever he’ll be playing next to in Tampa Bay. Good luck lightning.

      • tcclark - Aug 23, 2012 at 10:27 PM

        I think that’s fair. I definitely wouldn’t be so hard on him if he didn’t get that contract. he’s not worth more than, let’s say, 2.8 million a year, but Tampa decided that he was worth twice that.

        I will disagree on his offensive game though. I’m probably on the smaller end of the spectrum, but I thought his defense was better than his offense, and that says a lot considering he was an “offensive defenseman.” When he passed, he turned it over, when he shot, he shot it wide. His numbers were very opportunistic, and had a lot to do with the minutes he was playing. When you play a lot with the Giroux, Jagr, and Hartnell line, you’re going to accumulate some points. When you’re consistently making mistakes shooting and passing, there’s not really much of an offensive game to brag about.

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