The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have signed
unrestricted free agent goaltender Jeff Hackett to a two-year
contract, according to General Manager Bob Clarke. Per club policy,
financial terms were not disclosed, but TSN has learned that Hackett
will get $3 million per season.
?Our scouting staff, our coaching staff, our whole organization feels
that Jeff Hackett will give us the solid and steady goaltending that
we will need to take a run at the Stanley Cup,? said Clarke in making
the announcement. ?He is also the type of goaltender that will allow
us to give Robert Esche enough work to develop into a top goaltender.
I?m very excited to come to a place that has some great tradition,
said Hackett. I?ll be joining a lot of former teammates. I?m really
looking forward to this opportunity. I played with Mark Recchi, who I?
ve kept in very good touch with over the years. I played a lot of
years with Eric Weinrich, Jeremy Roenick and Tony Amonte. Everything
has happened so fast. I?m just looking forward to coming in and
helping the also team be as successful as it can be.
Hackett, 35, compiled a 15-17-2 record, 2.86 goals-against average
(GAA), one shutout and a .911 save percentage in 36 games for the
Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins this past season.
He posted an 8-9-0 record, 3.21 GAA, one shutout and an .894 save
percentage in 18 games for the Bruins.
In 18 games for the Canadiens, Hackett registered a 7-8-2 record,
2.54 GAA and .926 save percentage.
The 6?1?, 198-pound goaltender was acquired by the Bruins from the
San Jose Sharks, along with Jeff Jillson, in exchange for Kyle
McLaren and a fourth round pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft on
January 23, 2003. He was acquired by the Sharks from the Canadiens in
exchange for Niklas Sundstrom and a third round pick in the 2004 NHL
Entry Draft on January 23, 2003.
The 14-year NHL veteran has a career record of 156-234-50, 2.93 GAA
and 23 shutouts in 473 regular season games for the New York
Islanders, San Jose, Chicago, Montreal and Boston. Over parts of five
seasons with the Canadiens (1998-99 to 2002-03), Hackett had a 63-68-
22 record, 2.53 GAA and eight shutouts in 161 regular season games.
He was acquired by Montreal, along with Eric Weinrich, Alain
Nasreddine and Tampa Bay?s fourth round pick in 1999 NHL Entry Draft
in exchange for Jocelyn Thibault, Dave Manson and Brad Brown on
November 16, 1998. In 173 regular season games for the Blackhawks
over parts of six seasons (1993-94 to 1998-99), the London, Ontario
native posted a 63-75-25 record, 2.45 GAA and 14 shutouts.
He was acquired by the Blackhawks from the Sharks in exchange for a
third round pick in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft on July 13, 1993.
Hackett was claimed by the Sharks from the Islanders in the 1991 NHL
Expansion Draft. He was originally drafted by the Islanders from the
Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League in the second round
(34th overall) of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.