The Philadelphia Flyers locked up one of their most important pieces Monday, agreeing to a multi-year extension with winger Scott Hartnell.
Hartnell, who would have been entering the final year of his contract this season, will now be in Philadelphia long term with what is reportedly a six-year extension. The 30-year-old Hartnell appeared in all 82 regular season games for the Flyers last season, setting new career-highs in both goals with 37 and points with 67.
"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."
"So happy to be in Philly to play in front of the best fans in the NHL," Hartnell tweeted. "I would like to thank Mr. Snider and the entire Flyers organization."
Hartnell has played the last five seasons in Philadelphia and was named to his first all star game last season. It's also worth noting that this is the second 6 year deal the Flyers have inked in as many weeks (the first being with Wayne Simmonds), a contract length that is likely to be outlawed in the future under the new NHL CBA.
Anthony SanFillipo is reporting that the deal is worth $5.5 million annually for a total of $33 million.
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