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Flyers Get Aggressive

The Flyers today traded a first-round pick (23rd overall) to Nashville for the rights to free-agents-to-be Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen, then promptly signed the two to $10.5 million per year of contracts (trivial asides: Timonen is Nashville's all-time leading scorer, and his younger brother, Jussi, was drafted by the Flyers in '01 and is still in the organization).

The pick - which Nashville had previously sent to Philly in the Peter Forsberg deal back in February - gives the Preds a first round pick for two guys who were going to walk in two weeks anyway, so it's a bit of a win-win... until you consider that Nashville got two months of Forsberg and gave up a third-round pick, Scottie Upshall, Ryan Parent and the chance to re-sign Hartnell and Timonen. Ouch.

As for this deal itself, the Flyers have just shelled out $10.5 million in salary per year and a first round pick for a second-liner and a #2 blueliner. I'm glad we lost a year so we could have cost certainty, aren't you?