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08-20-2012, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Colin226 View Post
Ah, the man everyone hates but secretly wishes was on their team.. Yeah he's a dick on the ice but you can tell he's a good guy.. He was very fair to the Devils after our series, giving us credit and giving Marty respect

I'm undecided on this.. He did a fantastic job getting space on the PP so that the good Flyers passing (namely Giroux) could thread him the puck.. But he really can't skate and I really didn't think much of him (skill wise) before last season.. I'd say if he keeps up his play then this is a good deal, but if he can't keep his mojo then ouch that's a lotta cap imo

While last season may have been his best point-wise, it certainly was no aberration from how he's played in that past... Jagr and Giroux was a major factor, but Harnell has made every line he was on as a Flyer a better one... Hartnell is Harnell, with all his faults and in all his glory... He was with cater and Lupul and they were on a torrid pace for a while until Lupul got injured and he was with Briere and Leino when they had that great run in the Cup Final season and the next full season... I don't see it as mere coincidence that every hot Flyers line that is more than a fash in the pan has him firmly at wing.

Hartnell may never get high 30s goals again... yet he may get 40+... no matter, he will play his game and what you saw last season was basically his game. That said I have seen him add to it and improve with age and smarts. He is a crease crashing dirty power-forward with decent hands and can get dirty goals... He is a team player and does whatever he believes he must do... and I believe he has limited his bad judgement occasions and his trips to the box.

... As long as he continues to play his game, I'm happy with his Cap hit.

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