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Report: Flyers close to extension with blue liner Timonen

Feb 6, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers are reportedly close to signing defenseman Kimmo Timonen to a contract extension, and an announcement is expected this week, writes Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia.

Timonen is in the final year of a six-year, $38-million contract.

“We have had talks but nothing is in place,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com.

Timonen, a 10th-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, turns 38 years of age in March.

He began his NHL career with the Nashville Predators, but has spent the past six seasons with the Flyers.

Last season, in 76 games, Timonen scored four times and put up 43 points. Since making his NHL debut with Nashville during the 1998-99 season, he has consistently hit the 40-point plateau and reached the 50-point mark twice during his last years with the Predators.

If there is one area of concern, it is that Timonen is coming off back surgery during the off-season.

  1. killerpgh - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    This could be very interesting. Homer is a very aggressive GM. Can’t see it being more than a 2 year deal, but you never know with Holmgren. 1 year in the 4-5 million range would be good. But even that I would wait until late in the season to see how he holds up before offering that.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 7, 2013 at 6:32 AM

      I can see from my couch this guy is old and slow bad move !

  2. mclovinhockey - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Wow, one of my favourite D of all time. Great player, wonder if he will take a pay cut. Maybe 2 mill a year : )

  3. broadstbully33 - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Yea I don’t see 4 or 5 million. But 3 is possible there are to many players that need contracts and too many quality free agents. Either way would love to see him back on a 1 or 2 year deal

    • jpelle82 - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      i thought you were banking on him retiring the other day when the iginla rumor came out? he’s gonna want no less than 3.5 or 4 per year and thats a pretty significant paycut for him, especially as the flyers best d man, he would be making less than a few less than worthy flyers. even if its a 2 year deal, its hard to spread that cap hit to be able to go big in free agency which we all know holmgren will try to do. briere, pronger contracts still there, kimmo retiring was gonna give some relief financially. it surprises me that they would be talking about it at this point of the season either way…wasnt he just talking about retiring before this season started?

  4. eagles512 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    They’re saying 1 year 6 million

  5. hy3rid28 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    no on csnphilly it says one year for 6mil… wow that’s a lot of money

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Wow I love Kimmo but how can they afford that? Especially with the cap dropping to 64 million. He’s extremely intelligent, is always in position, but lets face it, he’s lost two or three steps. I guess they looked at the free agent market, saw that Edler and Enstrom have been locked up, and decided they weren’t gonna find anyone better. I’m glad we’re keeping him. He’s definitely a calming influence, but I don’t think he’s worth more than 4.5 mil. We need speed on the backend and this eats up all the free cap space I’d thought we’d have with his expiring contract. No hometown discount Kimmo? Oh well. Holmgren always finds a way to fit contracts under the cap.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        timonen is making over 6 million now…he would be hard pressed to get that from another team but if he can get it out of philly i dont blame him. holmgren is in a tough spot but might have to do it…i just dont see it making sense financially all the baggage holmgren already is carrying

  6. hockeyfan28 - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Kimmo can still play a bit but 6 mill for a 38 year old someone has to tell Holmgren this isn’t Monopoly money he’s
    playing with…maybe 2 years for 6 mill total I could live with

  7. 19to77 - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    One year at $4-4.5m would be excellent, or two years at, say, $6.5-7m. But one year, six million? Nnnnnope.

  8. friedberg7 - Feb 7, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    This is not a smart move unless he is taking 2-3 mil at most. And then the Flyers will still have to trade someone like Briere to get under the cap.

  9. broadstbully33 - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Then your tv must suck.

  10. puckmepuckyou - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    He is an excellent D Man however 6 mill for 1 year is outrageous. He will only get slower with time. His skill set and style is not like Lidstrom so his age will play a part. 1 year 3 million should be it some of you guys hit the nail on the head.

    • xflyersx - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      Not like Lidstrom? They’re almost identical in defensive style.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        thats a stretch man…

  11. davebabychreturns - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Gotta wonder if Holmgren’s cloak and dagger BS with his players is catching up to him.. doesn’t look like Timonen was going to take any sort of discount to stay, in fact it kind of looks like he (or his agent or whoever) stuck it to the Flyers because they are desperate.

  12. mclovinhockey - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Yeah kimmo is prob the most well rounded defender in the league with lidstrom gone… If kimmo was like 6 inches taller lidstrom and him would be nearly identical. However kimmo is getting slower and for 6 mill even though he is my favourite defender of all time I would have to pass. If he takes a pay cut, till about 3 mill it would help the team a lot and help his chances at a cup which is all he really needs now…. He has enough money for 2 life times to never work again, just one cup will immortalize his legacy.

    Many may forget that he did not enter the league in his early 20s like most players because teams did not think he was big enough to be an NHL Defender. If he did he would have another few hundred point to his career total which would help for the HOF nod. A cup would help replace those years.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      i can give you at least 4 names of guys that are better or more well rounded…let me know when you’re ready

      • xflyersx - Feb 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        I’m ready.

  13. phillyphannn83 - Feb 7, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Can we please just get a d-man that can keep the easy pucks in the offensive zone? I love Timmo and he’s a great d-man but I’ve never seen a guy let so many easy pucks bounce over his stick when he’s stationary at the blue line and the puck comes straight to him(maybe I have, we had to suffer through Matt Carle). Its so aggravating. I have no problem when its difficult pucks to stop or get to but the easy ones drive me nuts!!

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