The Philadelphia Flyers and winger Scott Hartnell have agreed to a six-year contract extension, per a report by Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio.
The deal, which begins in 2013-14 and will keep No. 19 in orange and black through 2018-19 when Hartnell turns 37.
The total value of the deal is $28.5 million, with an annual cap hit of $4.75 million, according to capgeek.com.
Hartnell’s current contract was set to expire at the end of 2012-13, and with owners negotiating with the players association to cap contract-lengths at five years, it is believed Hartnell took years over dollars to guarantee he stays in the city he has made his home since the 2007-08 season.
Hartnell’s deal also includes a No Movement clause.
As the Flyers leading goal-scorer last season Hartnell set career-highs in goals (37), points (67) and tied his career-high in assists (30) playing on the top line with Claude Giroux.
The 30-year-old power forward will receive $6 million in 2013-14, $5 million over the second, third and fourth years of the deal, $4.5 million in 2017-18 and $3 million in 2018-19.
While Hartnell took a guaranteed six years, it is believed he could have commanded more on the open market.
His contemporaries, players who scored 35-40 goals in 2011-12, average an annual salary over $5 million.
But Hartnell was pleased to stay in the City of Brotherly Love, tweeting soon after the story of the contract extension broke: “So happy to be in Philly to play in front of the best fans in the NHL. I would like to thank Mr. Snider and the entire Flyers organization.”
The Flyers have made a habit of re-upping their core this offseason, re-signing Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek and now Hartnell, three of the team’s top-six point producers in 2011-12, to multi-year contracts.