Flyers Sign Scott Hartnell to Six-Year Extension

Kyle Scott - August 20, 2012

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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.


  • Andy (San Diego) August 20, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Smart move.
    Good to have Hartnell[down] with the orange & black for the duration.

  • Philip August 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Relax, Giroux has 2 years left on his deal. He’ll get his next offseason.

  • Boom August 20, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Glad Hartnell is staying around! Classy guy and a great player! Also, apparently they can’t extend a player until the last year of their current deal so I guess Claude won’t be getting a long term deal until next year.

  • Ze Bob August 20, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Next summer; Hartsy and simmer to Nashville for Shea Weber

  • TR August 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Boom, great player? im sorry? one good year after a year when the whole fan base wanted him out. this is probably an over pay

  • allrightythen August 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Can he play goalie?

  • Claude August 20, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    12/150 or I aint signing, and thats real

  • Homer's Gun August 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Love Hartnell, but this is a bit too much. Giroux can make anybody playing on his line an all-star. It’s a bit of an overpay – they gave him what he’d get on the open market.

  • Chance- Vice President in Command of the GnA Falcons August 20, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Looks like homer is pulling a roseman & taking care of his own

  • Whitey August 20, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Overpay? He would have got atleast 5plus on the open market.

  • the ghost of leonard tose August 21, 2012 at 7:47 am

    homer bogging down the team with middling players for high money…basically assuring the team will be good but never great for the distant future

  • TCR August 21, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Another stupid six year contract while the league is trying to have max 5 year deals in the next CBA. Snyder making sure there’s a lengthy lock out.

  • Flyer August 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Middling player? He scored 37 goals last year. And if you’re referring to Simmonds too, he had 28 goals last year at age 23. Just one less than Carter at the same age, but Kyle will have you believe the Flyers got killed on those trades. Good signing

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