Scottie Do: Flyers give Hartnell multi-year extension

Another domino falls in the Flyers’ direction. Following on the heels of Wayne Simmonds’ six-year contract extension, Scott Hartnell has been signed to a six-year contract extension on Monday.

Tim Panaccio reports the contract is for $28.5 million over the six years, which results in a cap hit of only $4.75 million; a very modest raise over his current $4.2 million cap hit.

“We are pleased to announce that we have agreed with Scott on a multi-year extension,” said Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. “Scott has been a very good player for us over the last five seasons and we look forward to many more good years to come.”

Hartnell, who is slated to make $3.2 million on the final year of his current contract this upcoming season per NHLnumbers.com, would have been an unrestricted free agent next Summer.

No terms of the deal were disclosed with the official release, but the club confirmed it is a six-year deal which will take him through the 2018-19 season.

It’s yet another in long series of moves the organization makes to compensate players who show the least bit of improvement.

In 2011-12, Hartnell posted career highs in goals with 37 and points with 67, and tied a career high with 30 assists. Always a durable player, he played in all 82 regular-season games for the second consecutive year and for the third time in his five-year Philadelphia tenure.

The sudden development of instincts not in the corners or around the cage, Hartnell pumped home a career-and-team-high 16 power-play goals. He augmented that gaudy stat by tying his single-season Flyers best with six game-winning tallies — matching his output in 2007-08.

“I am very happy to be staying in Philly to continue my career playing in front of the best fans in the NHL,” Hartnell added. “I would like to thank Mr. Snider and the entire Flyers organization.”

Hartnell, who was acquired from Nashville along with Kimmo Timonen on June 18, 2007, has totaled 129 goals and 134 assists over 407 games for Philadelphia. With his totals of three goals and eight points in 11 postseason appearances, the native of Saskatchewan has added 16 scores and 22 helpers in 67 playoff tilts here.

After dressing 843 times for the Predators and Flyers, Hartnell has accumulated 222 goals and  474 points. In 84 playoff games, the rugged winger has racked up 19 goals and 44 points.

Below, the highlight package from Hartnell’s hat trick in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins on January 22. It came with his father in attendance.