Scott Hartnell, the Philadelphia Flyers’ leading goal scorer last year, has signed a six-year, $28.5M extension today according to NHL.com, keeping him with the club through the 2018-19 season. Hartnell had one more year remaining on his current contract.
Hartnell, who has played in Philadelphia for the past five years after being acquired via trade from the Nashville Predators in 2007, enjoyed his best statistical season as a Flyer last year, scoring 37 goals and while adding 30 assists to the score sheet. Those 37 goals, in addition to being a team-high and a personal best, was the sixth-highest total in the NHL last year. His previous best season came in 2009, when he tallied 30 goals and 30 assists.
Hartnell, who was chosen with the sixth overall pick by the Predators back in the 2000 draft, is the latest Flyer to receive a hefty extension this offseason. Earlier in the summer, forwards Jakub Voracek and Wayne Simmonds received long-term contracts from Philadelphia. Voracek signed a four-year, $17M extension on July 26th; Simmonds received a six-year, $24M deal on August 16th.
Perhaps the Flyers felt it necessary to dole out this cash after missing out on getting to spend $110M over the next 14 years on defenseman Shea Weber, who remained with the Predators after Nashville matched the 14-year, $110M offer sheet Philadelphia had extended to Weber.