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Source: Flyers acquire Timonen and Hartnell from Nashville Predators

A source tells The Canadian Press that the Flyers acquired the rights to defenceman Kimo Timonen and forward Scott Hartnell from the Nashville Predators and re-signed both players.

The Predators received a first-round pick in this week’s draft – the same pick they traded to the Flyers in exchange for Peter Forsberg last winter.

Hartnell and Timonen were set to become unrestricted free agents July 1.

Timonen signed a six-year deal worth US$37.8 million while Hartnell’s deal is also for six years and worth $25.2 million.

The Flyers had a 48-hour window from Saturday at noon to Monday at noon to get the deals done.

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Timonen, 32, had 13 goals and 42 assists last season. Hartnell, 25, had 22 goals and 17 assists.

The five-foot-10, 195-pound Timonen will become the top blue-liner for the Flyers, who were last in the NHL this season with a 22-48-12 record.

The six-foot-two, 208-pound Hartnell brings versatility to the Flyers as he can play either wing.

Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has put in a bid to purchase the Predators.