According to a league source, the Flyers made a deal with the Predators in which they would acquire the players' rights in exchange for returning Nashville's first-round pick if the Flyers could sign the two players. The Flyers obtained the No. 23 pick from Nashville in the Forsberg trade.
"This was an opportunity to get our foot in the door a little sooner," general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. "We are extremely excited about adding these two players to our roster. Kimmo Timonen is a tremendous two-way defenseman. He is a very good skater, he moves the puck extremely well and he will help us in all areas of the ice. Scott Hartnell is a big, power winger who has shown steady improvement over the course of his career in Nashville."
Timonen, 32, the older brother of Flyers defenseman Jussi Timonen, is a puck-moving, offensive defenseman who had 13 goals and 42 assists with Nashville last season. Hartnell, 25, a versatile, left-shooting forward who loves to play a physical game, scored 22 goals and had 17 assists with the Predators last season.