When news broke of Scott Hartnell being traded, the motives behind the deal were somewhat of a mystery. The Flyers were getting a seemingly less skilled player in return, along with a fourth-round draft pick for 2015. The first round of hints and insinuations have arrived, and they are painting Hartnell himself as the primary impetus for driving the deal through.
Talk going around is Scott Hartnell requested Flyers trade him. Has no-movement clause.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) June 23, 2014
Muttering from hockey writers is one thing, but Hartnell's statements to Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, as relayed to Blue Jackets beat writer Aaron Portzline, seem interesting.
"[Hartnell] had a lot of questions, but the only real hard question he had for me is, he wanted to know that we are committed to winning," Kekalainen told The Columbus Dispatch. "He said, 'I want to win. I’m 32 years old. I’ve made a lot of money. I want to win.' That’s basically the question I wanted to hear, the answer I wanted to get. That’s why he’s coming here and that’s what he wants to do."