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Flyers’ Timonen inks one-year contract extension

Feb 7, 2013, 6:54 PM EST

Kimmo Timonen #44 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks for the opening in the third period against the New York Rangers on January 29, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1.
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Kimmo Timonen won’t be testing the free agent waters this summer. The Philadelphia Flyers announced Thursday night that they have agreed to a one-year contract extension with the 37-year-old defenseman.

“Kimmo’s presence on the ice for us and in our locker room is invaluable,” Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said. “We look forward to him continuing his all-around play for us.”

Philadelphia didn’t immediately disclosed the financial terms of the deal, but the contract will pay Timonen $6 million in 2013-14, according to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s source. Timonen’s current contract, which expires this summer, comes with a $6,333,333 annual cap hit.

The Finnish defenseman has been a stabilizing force on the Flyers’ blueline for years. He has recorded at least 37 points in each of his previous 10 campaigns and has played in at least 76 contests in each of his five full seasons with Philadelphia.

At the same time, he had back surgery last May and expressed concerns prior in early January about how his body might respond to a shortened season. So far he has five points and is averaging a team-leading 22:46 minutes through 10 games.

  1. chrisvegas - Feb 7, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    He is such a underrated defense-man. Glad we got him at-least one more year. I’m sure his back will hold up, this guy doesn’t miss to much time and plays through injuries every year. He is a warrior.

  2. broadstbully33 - Feb 7, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Love the signing. The 6 million hurts… A lot. This is homer just throwing money at the problem. I have to think this more about Gus and Schenn having a mentor in the locker room and on the ice.

  3. mclovinhockey - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Yaaaay resigning one of the most well rounded defenders in the game…. But 6 mill is a huge hit, I thought he would take a pay cut

    • brainoflindros - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      I said the same thing when I found out. 6.3333333333 mil for a 38 year old defenseman, strike that next year 39, with back problems, who has lost a step or 3 and with the salary cap falling by over 10 mil. How are we gonna fit…someone has to go. Thought he would take a cut to stay with team and live in the area…guess not. He could have hit the open market and been signed by Edmonton…imagine that. Hope he stays healthy so we don’t have another allstar LTIR player.

  4. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    I think this is awesome news!

  5. wisdomnfl - Feb 7, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Good move for Philly, very good player.

  6. broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    Great news for our D. Kimmo has been a bulwark on the back end .

  7. jimw81 - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    not worth six mil. 4mil yes. 6 mil no.

  8. bobhpine - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Hey ladies, what happened to the Timonen will just retire nonsense? You armchair wannabe GMs were a little off. Timonen got overpaid. Again. At least he’s old and slow to go with that fierce, intimidating physical game of his.

    Last Place. Still.

    “G, Hartsy > Crosby, Malkin”

    Always good for a laugh…it’s so cute how you tools have nicknames for your overrated, slow, loser players…Hartsy. ;)

    Fifth place out of five teams.

    • paresident21 - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:22 AM

      You really are an idiot, if timonen hit the open market he would get more than 6 mil. 5th place out of 5 teams? I forgot the division matters in playoff standings right? You must not be smart because they are 1 point out of playoff contention with plenty of hockey left. But then again your from pittsburgh and just started watching hockey when they tanked on purpose to get a bunch of first round picks in a row, so it makes sense you wouldnt understand how the game works

      • bobhpine - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        “your from Pittsburgh”

        You start sentences with numbers.

        Your punctuation is laughable.

        Who is the idiot?

  9. paresident21 - Feb 8, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    Good move by the flyers, last year they waited to re-sign carle and jagr and lost both to teams who overpaid. This year they were not risking that chance. He may have lost a step physically but so did jagr, not they miss his voice and knowledge helping the younger guys. Timonen is the consumate professional and his voice in the locker room as well as his knowledge of the game to help bring along the flyers younger defensemen IE, schenn, gus, and bourdon.

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