The Philadelphia Flyers confirmed Thursday that forward Scott Hartnell will be out anywhere from four to eight weeks thanks to a broken bone in his foot according to ESPN.com. The injury occurred during Tuesday’s loss to the New Jersey Devils when teammate Kimmo Timonen‘s shot hit Hartnell, leading to the first metatarsal to break.
Hartnell registered one assist through three games this season after a productive season in 2011-12 where he scored 37 times and set up 30 others. Often playing alongside superstar Claude Giroux, the Hartnell injury will leave a gap in the Flyers lineup.
To help fill that gap the Flyers have tentatively signed veteran forward Mike Knuble to a one-year deal worth $750,000 according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. The deal will become official once Knuble passes his physical.
The 39-year old, a veteran of sixteen NHL seasons, has played for five different clubs, including the Flyers from 2005-09. His best season came in 2005-06 when he scored 34 goals and added 31 helpers in 82 games.
Last season with the Washington Capitals, Knuble registered 6 goals and 12 assists in 72 games. He also compiled 32 penalty minutes and was a minus-15.
The Flyers picked up their first win of the season on Thursday night, defeating the New York Rangers 2-1 with a shorthanded roster thanks to the Hartnell injury and Brayden Schenn being suspended.