Flyer’s Scott Hartnell: A Good Use of $4.2 Million?

January 4th, 2010 by Billy West Leave a reply »
The picture you see is the Hartnell I like to see, fighting a Penguin.  But frankly Scott Hartnell is like a liability the Flyers like to have.

As a Flyers fan I love to see Hartnell on the ice stirring up the opposition, doing stupid things like running into the goalie or throwing his glove; these things must annoy the hell out of opposing fans, and when he scores it must really top it off. 

I also have a good laugh watching him make hard hits and mouthing off the opposing bench.  Hartnell's no Avery, he just gets a laugh out of frustrated rivals, and judging by his interviews he's a fantastic bloke, but sometimes his on ice antics frustrate me.  And other Flyers fans for that matter.

Hartnell costs about $4.2m under a very tight cap, and there are games when I feel he really deserves it.  The guy scores about 20-30 goals each season, and is currently 5th for points in the Flyers lineup with 25 points in 41 games.  In a league where dump-and-chase doesn't really work, the Flyers do exactly that, and Hartnell is very good at getting to the puck and keeping possession along the boards.  He screens goalies and picks up rebounds, and as a res ...

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