Philadelphia Flyers: How Scott Hartnell Just Changed Hockey Forever

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Philadelphia Flyers: How Scott Hartnell Just Changed Hockey Forever
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Scott Hartnell's new six-year extension could have a lasting imprint on the NHL.

Scott Hartnell is one of the most dangerous power-play specialists in the NHL for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tuesday, Hartnell signed a six-year extension, reportedly worth $28.5 million and, in doing so, could have just changed hockey forever.

Hartnell has been a consistent scorer since he joined the league with the Nashville Predators in 2000-01. In 11 seasons, he averages nearly 44 points per season.

In 2011-12, the left winger set career-highs in goals (37) and points (67). His 16 power-play goals were second in the NHL, behind only James Neal of Pittsburgh (18).

The Regina, Saskatchewan native had one year left on the six-year deal worth $25.2 million that brought him to Philly. At 30 years old, Hartnell is under contract with the Flyers through the 2018-19 season.

This isn’t the biggest contract given out this offseason. The guy wasn’t even really on the market. But Hartnell just changed the game of hockey forever, and here’s why.

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