The Philadelphia Flyers locked up their young goalie, signing Carter Hart to a three-year contract. The transaction has an average annual value of $ 3.979 million. Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff provides the full detail:
- 2021-2022: $ 3.2 million in salary + $ 279,000 in signing bonus
- 2022-2023: $ 3.6 M salary + $ 379,000 signing bonus
- 2023-24: $ 4.479 million
Hart, 22, has been absolutely brutal this season, recording a 0.877 save percentage in 27 appearances for the Flyers. This is one of the main reasons Philadelphia fell out of favor earlier, although the rest of the roster also appears to have wasted years. Regardless, the team still believe in their young goalie, granting him one of the biggest second contracts in history for a goalie his age.
There are plenty of reasons to believe that Hart can make a difference. Not only was he one of the most successful goaltenders in CHL history, winning the Del Wilson Trophy as the WHL goalie of the year in three consecutive seasons, but his The start of his NHL career was also exceptional. In his first two seasons, Hart posted a .915 save percentage in 74 appearances, going 40-26-4 for the Flyers. It was easy to crown him as one of the best goaltenders in the league, a calming presence in the Philadelphia net.
Now, with the team committing a pretty hefty sum for the young keeper, Hart will have to revert to that previous performance. The team will not be able to go anywhere without a return to form, especially since they have brought in reinforcements this year. Martin Jones, who was once a solid starter in the league, posted a 0.896 save percentage in each of the past three seasons. Unless he experiences a career turnaround, the team won’t be able to count on him to carry the load if Hart struggles.
The deal also means Hart will end up with an expensive qualifying bid in 2024. That $ 4.479 million bid will be a hefty price tag if he doesn’t revert to his previous form, especially since he’ll also be eligible for the deal. ‘arbitration at this stage. Because he started his career so early, Hart will actually be on his way to free will in the summer of 2025, having completed seven seasons in the NHL.