Flyers show faith in Carter Hart; sign goalie to 3-year extension worth $11.9M

Flyers sign their number one goalie.

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Apr 15, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) makes the game winning save against Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (not pictured) in the shootout at PPG Paints Arena. The Flyers won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Carter Hart had an abysmal season in 2020-21. The Philadelphia Flyers did not lose faith in their young goalie and spent this offseason improving their team.

On Monday, the Flyers reinforced that faith by announcing a three-year deal worth $11.9 million for Hart. He will resume his role as the starter with Martin Jones backing him up next season.

He should benefit from a revamped defense that now features Ryan Ellis and Rasmus Ristolainen. The Flyers also sacrificed a little offense up front when they acquired Cam Atkinson for Jakub Voracek. All this is a clear sign showing that GM Chuck Fletcher knew what he had to fix and took care of it.

Flyers sign Carter Hart

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Jan 18, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Carter Hart (79) makes a save as Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel (9) jumps out of the way during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The contract carries an average annual value of $3.979 million, a nod to Hart’s jersey No. 79, and keeps him with Philadelphia through the 2023-24 season.

Hart, who turns 23 on Friday, struggled during his third season with the Flyers in 2020-21 and compiled a 9-11-5 record with one shutout, a 3.67 goals-against average and an .877 save percentage.

A second-round pick by Philadelphia in 2016, the Alberta native has a career record of 49-37-9 with two shutouts, a 2.88 GAA and a .905 save percentage in 101 games.

–Field Level Media contributed to this article.