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Did Scott Hartnell sign for less than he was worth?

Scott Hartnell

Philadelphia Flyers left wing Scott Hartnell pauses while speaking during a media availability at their hockey practice facility Thursday, May 10, 2012 in Voorhees, N.J. The Flyers lost to the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference semifinals. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Yesterday’s six-year $28.5 million contract extension for Scott Hartnell caused a stir amongst fans believing the Flyers may have overpaid for the 30 year-old winger.

Would you believe there are some who think he wasn’t paid enough?’s Tim Panaccio heard from one anonymous agent who believes Hartnell signed for less than he was worth.

“Everyone is asking what the [bleep] he just did,” said one agent.

Hartnell got a slight raise based on his cap hit this year ($4.2 million) and after scoring 37 goals last season, you could argue he’s worth more than a $550,000 per year raise. Then again, it seems obvious Hartnell sacrificed money for years. Getting security is a good thing.

Of course, we’re in the midst of a contentious labor negotiation and seeing a player not get as much money as he’s capable of will drive agents crazy. Besides, it’s not as if the Flyers haven’t been trying to spend tons of money this summer.