Originally written on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 7/13/12

Flyers’ winger Scott Hartnell, who will enter this season in the final year of his contract, has let it be known that he would like to continue his career in Philadelphia.

Hartnell led the Flyers in scoring last year with a career high 37 goals. He posted a total of 67 points, also a career high.

Hartnell signed a 6-year deal after being traded to the Flyers from Nashville in ’08. That deal is set to expire after next season.

After a slow start last year, many people called for the winger’s trade. Some said Hartnell never lived up to his cap hit of $4.2 million. However, Hartnell poured it on after fighting off an injury in the pre-season, working very hard to get himself back in shape and ready to go. He was soon rewarded for his hard work by being promoted to the first line to play along side of Jaromir Jagr and Claude Giroux. Once he got the chance, he made it count.

Scott Hartnell, to me, has become an iconic figure in the orange and black. He plays with grit and heart, and for the past couple of years has made significant contributions to the team on its first line. He has become a heart and soul type of player, and one that I’m not sure the Flyers could do without. Add to that the work that he does in the community with his Hartnell Down foundation, a charity set up as a bit of a goof on the fact that he always seems to wind up on the ice, and I don’t see The Flyers being nearly as much fun to watch without him.

CSNPhilly reports that the Flyers will likely reach out to Hartnell to begin working on an extension in the near future.Similar Posts:

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