Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/21/12 at 10:36 AM ET
from Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly,
Not everyone is happy with Scott Hartnell’s new six-year, $28.5 million contract extension.
Some agents feel he sold himself well short of pending free agency after the 2012-13 season.
“Everyone is asking what the [bleep] he just did,” said one agent.
Hartnell’s cap hit will rise slightly from $4.2 million to $4.75 million in 2013-14. He obviously took less money now for a long-term guarantee. Under the present CBA, all contracts are guaranteed.
He also got a limited no-movement clause, which is no small matter for any player in his late 30s, which he will be at the end of this deal.
Yet he could have gotten at least $5.5 million and likely more in free agency next summer with a decent year.
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