The Philadelphia Flyers just missed landing superstar defenseman Shea Weber, and now they need to make sure that the guys they do have on the roster who have been perennial to their success stay in Philly.
There are many guys that are sealed for the long term, sadly Chris Pronger being one of them, but there are a few guys that Philly cannot sit around and wait to sign in the future.
Here are four guys that the Philadelphia Flyers need to get new contracts ASAP.
Hartnell will make $4.2 million in the final year of his contract next season, and considering that he is one of the biggest pieces of the puzzle in Philadelphia, a new deal needs to be in the works so that he doesn't test the waters of free agency in the offseason.
At 30 years old, Hartnell set career highs last season in goals with 37 and points with 67, and if the Flyers are going to find themselves in the Stanley Cup finals anytime soon, he is going to need to still be on the roster.
While he is one of the better players on the Flyers' roster, his new contract shouldn't change his current cap hit, as he deserves anywhere from $4-5 million per year, which is exactly what he is making right now.
Simmonds is another guy who had a breakout season last year, as he set career highs in goals and points. Unlike Hartnell, the Flyers will still have the rights to him when he hits free agency in 2013 because he will be a restricted free agent.
However, with the rise of the offer sheet this offseason, it would be beneficial for Philly to be in contract extension talks now, and not have some team come out of nowhere next offseason and put a huge offer on him. This would only complicate the situation and force the Flyers to make a decision on whether or not they need to match or not.
At just 23 years old, Simmonds is going to be a role-player for quite some time; and while he is definitely deserving of more than $1.75 million he will make next season, an extension needs to be in the works.
After Shea Weber's offer sheet was surprisingly matched by the Nashville Predators, the Flyers must lock down their biggest name on the blue line; and that name, without a doubt, is Kimmo Timonen. He is in the final year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
Timonen is an experienced, puck-moving defenseman who even at the age of 37 could put up 50 points next season. He will more than likely average around 25 minutes a game next year; and if Philly wants to do an efficient job at keeping the puck out of the net, he is going to have to be huge.
There is no way the Flyers can risk to lose their top d-man when they are already extremely thin at the position, and they must find a way to get him a contract extension before next year kicks up. He is one of the team leaders, and it would be fitting for him to finish his career in the orange and black.
Claude Giroux established himself last season as the next big superstar in the NHL, and the fact that he is making under $4 million a year for the next two seasons means that he will eventually be due for a huge payday.
While Giroux's situation is not as urgent as the other three guys I have mentioned in this list, here is my philosophy. The earlier that his contract dilemma is handled, the less money they are more than likely going to have to put down on him for a long-term deal.
Giroux is only going to get better, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him be in contention for the Hart Memorial Trophy at the end of next season as the NHL's MVP. With guys like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin making $8.7 million on average, Giroux will more than likely be looking at $7-8 million.
If they let him get all the way to restricted free agency, teams will be offering enormous contracts to try and steal him away from Philly; and the earlier a deal can get met, the earlier the Flyers can prepare for their future cap hit and start building around him.