Flyers Scott Hartnell on LA, Simmonds, etc


After the Flyers practiced for about an hour at TSC today, I caught up with Scott Hartnell for a brief chat…

On if it’s exciting for him to come west at all, or if it’s just another game:

“It is. Playing in the western conference before, you always look forward to coming out here a couple times a year, spending some time and having a day off at the beach. Obviously the weather back home has been pretty relentless. The cold and snow and all that kind of stuff. It is nice to come out here, but we’ve got to get some work done on the ice. It can’t all be fun and games.”

On Wayne Simmonds:

“He’s a beast. He’s probably one of the top guys in the league in front of the net and on the power play, five on five, controlling the puck. HE was, I think, I don’t know for sure, or not, a key component of that trade for Richie. I thought he’s come in and handled all the pressure and everything like a star.”

On the Philadelphia media continuing to harp on the Richards and Carter trades:

“I saw them this morning before practice. It feels like yesterday that the news hit that they [Richards and Carter] got traded and it feels like yesterday that they were my teammates. But it’s been three years, probably since the trade. You can’t really think of it like yesterday. It gives you guys something to talk about, obviously. What if they stayed? What if they went somewhere else? Carts ends up coming here and winning a cup. I’m happy for them, obviously. Things work out sometimes like that.”

On the Kings recent scoring drought:

“I think that they did it a few years ago. When they won, they were up and down. I think they were down for a long time and they ended up getting in the playoffs in the eighth spot and they ended up making a run. I’m sure that they have confidence inside that room. It’s not like they’re out of the playoffs. They’re still in there and they’ve obviously had some great times where they’ve played some great hockey. I’m sure that they can, it’s not like a light switch where you can turn it on and off, but I think that they have the confidence that they can do it again.”

On if cutting his hair made him lose his magic at all:

“No, I think that I saw that somebody had a stat that since I cut my hair there before Halloween, our record is way obviously way above .500. We started off 1-7, or whatever it was.”

So it worked the opposite way. You gained power.

“Yeah, I guess so. For us, anyway, it’s been great.”

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