Written by: Matthew Blunk
Amidst the uncertainty of this NHL offseason, with murmurs of a potential lockout to come, the Philadelphia Flyers have signed two more players to long-term deals.
Philadelphia signed forward Wayne Simmonds to a 6-year, near $24 million extension on Aug. 16. On Monday, the Flyers agreed to extend forward Scott Hartnell with a 6-year, $28.5 million deal. Both Simmonds and Hartnell had career-best seasons in 2011-12 with the team, posting 49 and 67 points, respectively.
Simmonds is only 23 years old and has plenty of potential to get better. Hartnell became one of the most important players on the Flyers last season, with a great motor and hard-nosed, agitating style. And he does an uncanny Hulk Hogan impression.
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has taken this sort of approach this summer – he doesn’t seem overly concerned with the ramifications of a potential lockout or new collective bargaining agreement. Philadelphia is moving forward, business as usual. They aggr...