Does that statement sound familiar? It should, because last week the team extended Wayne Simmonds' contract for the same amount of time. Both winger's deals were made with anticipated collective bargaining agreement changes in mind.
This section header is familiar to all Flyers' fans. They are well aware that Hartnell successfully turned his habit of regularly falling onto the ice into a charitable cause.
An incredibly engaging and more importantly, productive player, 'Hartsy' generated the best regular season of his career in 2011-12. Working with future Hall of Famer (now Dallas Stars' team member) Jaromir Jagr and Claude Giroux on the Flyers' top line was the factor that led to his first All-Star selection. At 30-years-old, this dynamic forward should be able to maintain his productive pace for the better part of this decade.
Hartnell has one year remaining on his current contract. His well-deserved new deal is believed to be for $28.5 million, which translates to a $4.75 million cap hit starting in 2013-14. Final money details will be announced by the team shortly.
Salary cap connoisseur
General manager Paul Holmgren continues to be one of the craftiest cap connoisseur's in the game. While his efforts to secure now-Minnesota Wild players' Ryan Suter and Zach Parise didn't work and his attempt to land Nashville Predators' captain Shea Weber was blocked by that team's ownership group, 'Homer' deserves ongoing credit for his creative efforts.
One of his most famous 'gray area' moves came on June 18, 2007, when he obtained the rights to Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen from the Predators. They were scheduled to become free agents on July 1, but Holmgren signed both men to long-term contracts which remain in effect through this season.
Those who lived through the 1970s interpret Philadelphia's hockey organization in starkly different ways.
Many see the maneuvers that team founder and chairman Ed Snider has authorized over the decades as decadent. Others, whose veins have been filled with orange blood since birth, smile whenever any Flyers' move is made.
Sean O'Brien is based in the Philadelphia region. He has written professionally for over two decades and is currently a Featured Contributor for Yahoo! You can follow him on Twitter @SeanyOB and also read his daily Sports Blog: Insight.
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