Monday, August 20, 2012

Hartnell Up: Flyers reward winger with six-year extension

by Bob Herpen
Phanatic Hockey Editor

The Philadelphia Flyers rewarded forward Scott Hartnell for a career year, signing the veteran to a multi-year contract extension on Monday.

No  terms of  the pact were released,  but multiple reports state it is a six-year extension.

"We  are  pleased to announce  that we have agreed  with Scott on a multi-year extension,"  said Flyers general manager Paul 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  30-year-old native of Saskatchewan posted career bests of 37 goals and 67 points,  tying a career high with 30 assists, while playing in all 82 regular-season  games last  year. In addition, he totaled three goals and eight points in 11 postseason appearances. His 136 penalty minutes were second only to Zac Rinaldo (232).

Only Claude Giroux finished with more points (93) and only Giroux and Wayne Simmonds (28 each) came close to his team-best goal output. Armed with 17 multi-point games, Hartnell totaled a season-high four points (1G, 3A) in a 7-2 home win over Buffalo on February 16, then picked up his lone hat trick in a 6-5 shootout loss to Boston on January 22. 

"I  am  very happy to  be staying  in Philly to  continue my career playing in front  of the best fans in the NHL," Hartnell admitted. "I would like to thank Mr. Snider and the entire Flyers organization."

He should be thanking the powers that be, after receiving a deal worth a reported average annual value of $4.750 million for the duration, making it a $28.5 million pact.

Hartnell, who was acquired from Nashville along with Kimmo Timonen on June 18, 2007, has totaled 129 goals and 134 assists over 407 games with Philadelphia.

In 843 games for the Predators and Flyers, Hartnell has accumulated 222 goals and  474 points. In 84 playoff games, the rugged winger has racked up 19 goals and 44 points.
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