Just one week after signing Forward, Wayne Simmonds to a six-year extension, the Philadelphia Flyers have opened their checkbooks once again. The Flyers announced another six-year contract extension on Monday morning, this time locking up first-line winger, Scott Hartnell. Hartnell’s deal is worth $28.5 million and will keep him on Broad St. through the 2018-2019 season.
Hartnell’s stellar 2011-2012 season undoubtedly yielded his massive payday. The scrappy winger had his second thirty-thirty season in his five-year tenure in Philly, scoring a team-high thirty-seven goals and adding thirty assists. Hartnell’s impressive campaign made for an easy decision to extend his contract. The chemistry between him and rising star, Claude Giroux is overwhelming and Flyers’ General Manger, Paul Holgmgren obviously wants the aforementioned relationship to develop into one of the league’s best. Holmgren envisions a high octane tandem in Philadelphia, the likes of the Sedin brothers in Vancouver, Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards on Broadway, and Steven Stamkos and Martin St.Louis in Tampa.
Philadelphia has taken the $110 million that it planned to spend on defenseman, Shea Weber and distributed it amongst their roster in an effort to maintain General Manager, Paul Holmgren’s current blueprint. With $50 million of that money now spent on Hartnell and Simmonds, common sense leads us to believe that a major deal extending Center, Claude Giroux is in the works. With the expiration of the current CBA looming, look for Holmgren to sign Giroux to a major deal in the coming month.