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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Max Pacioretty's New Deal, Hartnell Signs, Danton Denied and More

Max Pacioretty - Montreal Canadiens v Calgary Flames
Hello Hab fans!

It was reported yesterday that the Philadelphia Flyers signed Scott Hartnell to a six-year, $28.5 million contract extension. Said extension will have an average cap hit of $4.75 million and will take the hard-nosed winger to his 37th birthday.

As Mike Obrand, aka Habs Laughs, pointed out on Twitter, it sure makes Max Pacioretty's extension look like gold.

After all, it is doubtful Hartnell will be as effective in the final couple of years of his deal, especially considering his rather rough style of play. And, while he had 37 goals last year, that seems more like an anomaly than the norm.

Pacioretty, who has a similar deal in his back pocket, is much younger and possesses a much higher ceiling.

Habs and Hockey News

- Did you know it was Toe Blake's 100th birthday today? Hockey Inside/Out has a story on the legendary Canadien.

- Mike Boone of the Gazette looks at Habs' fans ever hopeful nature.

- Even if you only follow RDS occasionally, I suspect you know that Patrick Roy is joining their nightly debate show l'Antichambre. After all, they have been promoting the heck out of it.

- Mike Danton was denied an entry visa into England. He was heading over there to play with the Coventry Blaze of the EIHL, Great Britain's top ice hockey circuit.

- Former Ottawa Senator Mike Fisher signed a two-year extension with the Nashville Predators.

- Amidst all of the CBA talk, the NHL is also holding a rules summit this week. Namely, the standard for interference, holding and hooking penalties will be looked at.

(Photo by Mike Ridewood/Getty Images North America)

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