Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hartnell signs extension

Flyers winger Scott Hartnell signed a six-year extension today, the club announced.

Hartnell signs extension

Scott Hartnell scored 38 goals last season. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)
Scott Hartnell scored 38 goals last season. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

Flyers winger Scott Hartnell signed a six-year extension today, the club announced.

Hartnell, 30, is coming off a season in which he scored a career-high 37 goals.

Terms were not released, but the 11-year veteran reportedly will have a cap hit of $4.75 million per season.

"I give Jaromir Jagr a lot of credit for my success last year in terms of focus on the game," Hartnell said. "I'm going to try to carry that over."

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Hartnell, who led the Flyers with a plus-19 rating last season, added he didn't feel it would be difficult to find chemistry with Jake Voracek, the right winger who is expected to replace Jagr on a line with Hartnell and Claude Giroux.

Jagr signed with Dallas earlier this summer.

"I think Jake got stronger as year went on and had a great playoffs. He plays with a lot of heart," Hartnell said in a conference call with reporters. "It gives us another left-handed shot on right side like Jags, and I don't think it'll be too hard to find chemistry."

Hartnell said Giroux was "all smiles" when he told him he had signed an extension.

As for the negotiations between the players and the league, Hartnell said you "still have to have faith" that the season will start on time, but he added that the players "aren't anywhere close to accepting that deal," which includes a 24% rollback in salaries.

Last week, winger Wayne Simmonds, who turns 24 on Sunday, signed a six-year deal for $23.8 million. Hartnell's contract is for $28.5 million.

The NHL is trying to limit contracts to five years in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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