While Philadelphia may not be actively looking to trade him, Hartnell may be a player that other teams target to help jump-start their teams.
However, two problems exist for a team chasing after Hartnell. He is set to make $3.7 million this year and another $3.2 million the following season, and Hartnell would also have to waive his no-trade clause to play hockey outside Philly.
Don't forget the $4.2 million cap hit he'd cost Philadelphia as well.
While his time in Philadelphia has been anything but consistent, one thing is for sure. Scott Hartnell has grown on Flyers fans (whether that's a good or bad thing). Whether it was the wig craze, the hottest scoring line in the league or the massive amount of dumb penalties, Scott Hartnell is also among the fan conversations.
Just how much longer will be a part of those conversations and the team? It will ultimately be up to him.
Here are five teams that Hartnell may waive his no-trade clause for.
Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson are not getting any younger, nor are they improving much at this stage in their careers.
Now while Scott Hartnell is not a center, the Sens may be looking for any help on the offensive side of the puck. After Spezza, Alfredsson and Milan Michalek, Ottawa is short on goal scorers.
And also, Turris may be a very risky acquisition for whomever trades for him. The former No. 3 overall pick will demand a hefty contract, but his play on the ice does not warrant it. Hartnell may be a safer bet.
The left wingers for Boston, as a whole, are not that great. Scott Hartnell is a offensive-minded LW, so why not?
Now whether or not the Flyers would be willing to trade with a Eastern Conference rival like Boston, I am not sure, but if the price is right...
While we are on the subject of Kyle Turris, why not match up the Coyotes and Flyers?
If I've learned anything from GM Paul Holmgren during his reign, it is never doubt him.
Turris is still holding out due to contract issues in Phoenix and has now formally requested a trade.
The Flyers could use another center, especially if they are still thinking about sending rookie Sean Couturier down to the minors. I don't know if the Flyers would be willing to give in to Turris' contract demands, though.
The Ducks are getting by so far in 2011 with a 5-3-1 record, but no thanks should be going to the offense.
Corey Perry needs some serious help, as he has been carrying the load for quite some time now. Losing a guy like Jason Blake for an extended period of time won't help the cause.
The Ducks need another scorer in the wild Western Conference. I'm sure Hartnell wouldn't mind moving out to sunny California either and who knows, maybe a more open system may help Hartnell and get him back on the right track.
Why wouldn't Scott Hartnell want to go to "West Philly?"
Former teammates Mike Richards and Simon Gagne are living life out in LA.
The Kings could use some extra support and some extra physical play out of someone like Hartnell. The Kings are off to a fast start and who knows, you put Hartnell and Richards back on the same line again and maybe you hit lightning in a bottle.