The Flyers took to twitter this afternoon to announce that Scott Hartnell has been signed to a six-year contract extension. According to Tim Panaccio, Hartnell's deal is worth $28.5M ($4.75M AAV). Hartnell will have a no movement clause (NMC).
Chris Johnston reported that the contract is front-loaded, and that the breakdown is as follows:
- 2013-14 = $6M
- 2014-15 = $5M
- 2015-16 = $5M
- 2016-17 = $5M
- 2017-18 = $4.5M
- 2018-19 = $3M
Hartnell, who has played in Philadelphia for the last four years, had a career year this past season. Scott played in all 82 games, scoring 37 goals and having 30 assists, for a total of 36 points. He found great chemistry with Claude Giroux when he was moved up to the first line early in the season.
Hartnell, 30, made his first All Star Game appearance this past season as well. Scott, himself, took to twitter to express his feelings on this contract:
Bravo to Mr. Paul Holmgren! This is a deal that Philly fans should be extremely happy with. By extending Hartnell's contract, the Flyers are locking up a gritty, power forward with great offensive ability.
The veteran forward stepped into a position of leadership at parts of this season. He is definitely someone the Flyers could turn to when choosing who the leaders of the team will be.
Hartnell also said: "I'm going to play my heart out for all six years", and the Flyers fans are surely going to look forward to him doing it.
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