Six year deals for everybody!
The Flyers have signed Scott Hartnell to a six-year contract extension this afternoon, according to the team. It comes one week after the Flyers signed forward Wayne Simmonds to a six-year deal worth just under $4 million per season. Financial terms of Hartnell's deal are not immediately available, so we'll have to reserve judgment for at least a bit here. He was set to be an unrestricted free agent next summer. The deal will keep him here -- barring trade or whatever -- through the 2018-19 season.
Our own Eric T. analyzed the prospect of a Hartnell extension back in July, coming to the conclusion that a contract worth somewhere around $5 million per season would be about right. Not sure "six-year deal" was being tossed around in speculation there, though. We'll see where the number ultimately falls.
Update: According to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly, it's a $28.5 million deal worth $4.75 million per season. That's much better than the $5.5 million per year number originally reported by Anthony SanFilippo of the Flyers.
Hartnell's happy, as one might imagine, and he tweeted nearly the exact same quote that was thrown into the Flyers' press release on the signing.
"I am very happy to be staying in Philly to continue my career playing in front of the best fans in the NHL," said Hartnell. "I would like to thank Mr. Snider and the entire Flyers organization."
Oddly enough, Paul Holmgren is happy too! Funny how that works.
"We are pleased to announce that we have agreed with Scott on a multi-year extension," said 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."
Of course, signing players to six-year contracts weeks before the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement seems a bit more than a coincidence. The owners' initial CBA proposal in July called for a five-year cap on the length of all contracts, a stipulation that the NHLPA is likely to reject. Still, it's an interesting back drop on these contract negotiations.