Not more than a few minutes after we posted the latest installment of Where’s Scott Hartnell?!, the Flyers announced that they signed Hartnell to a six-year extension.
Flyers inside reporter Anthony SanFilippo says the cap hit is $5.5 million per year. In other words, a $33 million deal. UPDATE: Tim Panaccio is reporting that the average annual value is $4.75 million a year, which would mean Hartnell's deal is worth $28.5 million, not $33 million.
If Panaccio’s figures are accurate, this is a good deal for the Flyers. Sure, they’re banking on Hartnell repeating the best season of his career, which he had last year, and being effective through 2019, but his cap hit is manageable for a 30-year-old capable of scoring 30 goals per season.
The funny part of all this is that owners are asking for a maximum of five year deals in the new CBA–you know, the one that is likely going to delay the start of the season. Paul Holmgren, of course, doesn’t care and is handing out six-year contracts like it’s his job (in fact, it is…). Wayne Simmonds got one last week.