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Hextall: Timonen ‘still a very effective player’

Jun 13, 2014, 3:16 PM EST

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Next March, Kimmo Timonen will turn 40 years of age.

Yet, the Philadelphia Flyers still have confidence that the veteran defenseman can still play in the National Hockey League, as evident by the one-year contract extension Timonen signed – a deal that was announced Friday.

“Biggest key is whether Kimmo thinks he can play and has enough in the tank,” said Flyers general manager Ron Hextall, as per Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia.

“He is still a very effective player,” added the GM.

Timonen celebrated his 39th birthday only a few months ago. He finished fifth on the Flyers in ice time during the regular season, but was third on the team in that category during the first round of the playoffs against the New York Rangers.

He proved last season that he can still be a critical part of Philadelphia’s power play, with 19 assists and 20 points on the man advantage. Only Claude Giroux had more helpers on the power play than Timonen.

  1. flyboystransport - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Can’t complain. Still overall a good player

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 14, 2014 at 1:27 AM

      Am I the only Philadelphian who saw the Rangers series? Against a fast team like that he was a complete liability. GREAT leader/warrior, still pretty solid running the PP, good shot blocker, and accurate passer; but in no way is he worth his new contract. The deal says it’s “$2 million”, when it’s really a $4 million cap hit (much like Iginla’s last contract). It’s a pay decrease, but still far too much. If Timonen is on the Flyers top pairing again next season there will be SERIOUS problems. His retirement (or atleast a true 2mil cap hit) would allow far more flexibility for Hextall to put his stamp on the team. Now, who knows what they can really do to improve.

      • tightbutth0le - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:13 AM

        You gave it backwards. He’s being paid 4 million but it’s a 2 million cap hit.

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