Garnet Hathaway is returning to the Metropolitan Division.
The former Capital signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers on the first day of free agency that will pay him $2.375 million per season.
Not only do the Flyers get a shutdown forward that has some scoring pop, but their team goonery and chippiness levels will now be off the charts.
DONE DEAL: We have signed forward Garnet Hathaway to a two-year, $4.75 million contract ($2.375 million AAV). https://t.co/GDwZxzvweg
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) July 2, 2023
The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Hathaway spent the last four seasons with the Washington Capitals, forming a powerful duo with BFF Nic Dowd. The two became the team’s preeminent shutdown forwards, routinely starting in the defensive zone, shutting down other teams’ best players, and chipping in offense themselves.
Hathaway scored a career-high 14 goals and 26 points during the 2021-22 season and chipped in 13 goals and 22 points in 2022-23. At the trade deadline, the Capitals, who were sellers, dealt Hathaway and defenseman Dmitry Orlov to the Boston Bruins to give them a chance to win a Stanley Cup. Instead, the Bruins were upset in the first round by the Florida Panthers, who would go on to make the Stanley Cup Final.
Hathaway, 31, was the Capitals’ King Clancy nominee for three seasons in a row for his work with Hath’s Heroes, a charity that gives back to first responders in DC.
Over the offseason, Hathaway got national attention for flagging a foul ball bare-handed at Fenway Park.
Flyers sign forward Garnet Hathaway to a two-year contract
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed forward Garnet Hathaway to a two-year, $4.75 million contract ($2.375 million AAV), according to General Manager Daniel Briere.
Hathaway, 31 (11/23/91), spent majority of the 2022-23 season with the Washington Capitals and collected 16 points (9-7=16) and 52 penalty minutes (PIM) in 59 games. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound native of Kennebunkport, Maine, skated in his 400th career NHL game on Dec. 5 at Edmonton and led the Capitals in PIM at the time of his trade. He was traded from Washington to Boston as part of a three-team deal with Minnesota on Feb. 23. The right-shot forward tallied six points (4-2=6) and 17 PIM in 25 regular season contests and recorded an assist in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Bruins. Hathaway owns 122 points (58-64=122) and 490 PIM in 457 career NHL games in eight seasons (2015-23) with Calgary, Washington and Boston. He has six points (3-3=6) and 56 PIM in 31 Stanley Cup Playoff contests. He signed his first NHL contract with the Flames on April 13, 2015, and made his NHL debut Feb. 29, 2016 at Philadelphia.
Hathaway spent five seasons (2013-18) in the American Hockey League (AHL) and recorded 96 points (46-50=96) and 223 PIM in 173 career games with Abbotsford, Adirondack and Stockton. He served as an alternate captain for the Heat for two seasons (2015-17). Prior to signing an AHL contract as an undrafted free agent with Abbotsford in 2014, he skated in four seasons with Brown University of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and tallied 58 points (20-38=58) in 121 career games (2010-14). He served as an alternate captain during his junior and senior seasons.
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