Scott Hartnell has become a player that fans either love or hate. For some reason, of late, fans lean more to the latter.
While I will admit his imitation of a Pete Rose head-first slide into net-minder Ilya Bryzgalov Saturday night, which led to a goal against the Flyers was downright awful, I won't overlook Scott Hartnell's upside.
Yes, some people think his salary is not worth what the Flyers are getting either, but is it?
Through his first six games this year, Scott Hartnell registered a lousy two points. He even saw ice time with the Philadelphia Flyers' third line.
Then, suddenly he got moved to the first line and exploded. I really can't tell you why the coaching staff decided to put their most under-performing winger on the top line. However, it has paid huge dividends for the team, as Hartnell ripped off nine points in the last five games.
Amidst the controversy and fire-breathing resentment, I present to you the five reasons the Philadelphia Flyers need to keep Scott Hartnell, at least for this season anyway.