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Timonen inks one-year extension with Flyers

Jun 13, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

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Kimmo Timonen isn’t ready to hang up his skates just yet. The 39-year-old defenseman has agreed to a one-year extension with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The financial terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but he just finished a one-year, $6 million contract.

Not including the shortened season, Timonen has recorded at least 35 points in each of his last 11 campaigns, but he barely reached that mark in 2013-14. That’s because he struggled out of the gate and didn’t even get his first point until Nov. 5. He had just five points in his first 27 contests.

He got better from there and was one of the Flyers’ most effective weapons with the man advantage. He also averaged 20:19 minutes per contest.

Timonen will go down as one of the top offensive defensemen of his era, but he hasn’t won the Stanley Cup yet. He came close with the Flyers in 2010, but he doubtlessly hopes that he will still be able to retire as a champion.

  1. ibieiniid - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    as much as he’s hated on for his age, he was the best Flyers d-man at even strength, PP, and PK this year. I’m especially happy about this one if they got him any cheaper than 6m.

    • flyerspsu - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      only a 2 mil cap hit, great signing

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    It ALL depends on financials… Kimmo was, without a doubt, the Flyers worst player in the Rangers series; and that was after a subpar regular season. The guy is not worth more than 2.5mil, tops. Please Hextall, show us some of that LA savvy.

    Timonen has lost two or three steps, and made an inordinate amount of mistakes (esp in playoffs). Mistakes a smart 15-yr, multi time all star should never, ever make. If they can get him cheap enough they may be able to afford another defender and winger (as long as they maneuver some other salaries). Maybe Gostisbehere can win a job or trade for another young dman. Either way it’s a big offseason for Hextall and the Flyers.

    • laxman1944 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Steady and technically sound blue liners do not grow on trees as mentioned above if the number is right good signing.

      Losing Gustafson may have excellerated this signing.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:40 AM

        I liked Gus but he’s no big loss. He was a nice 3rd pairing, puck-moving defenseman. He was a depth performer who provided an occasional big play. Easily replaceable.

        Normally I’d agree about the importance of “steady and technically sound blue liners” being rare, but Timonen was not that this past season. He was slower than molasses. He was completely indecisive, especially against the Rangers (and it cost us big time). He made far more mistakes than any 15-yr vet should ever make. Don’t get me wrong, #44 is a warrior, a great leader, and one of the 10 best Flyers dmen of all-time, but this was not the right decision.

        A flat $2 million cap hit would’ve been perfect, but four million is far too much for what he brings anymore. Mark Streit even outplayed him as PP QB which is Kimmo’s biggest contribution anymore. It severely limits Hextall’s ability to add players from outside the organization and that makes the team worse. It was Timonen’s time to step away from the game.

    • flyerspsu - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      Kimmo was the worst player in the rangers series? close 2 the entire team didnt show up

  3. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    NO NO NO NO NO

    • laxman1944 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      YES…..YES……YES….

  4. goodolejr - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Good signing. $2M base, could get to $4M after bonuses. Thank you for not being Holmgren, Ron Hextall.

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      Where are you getting these numbers from goodolejr?

      • goodolejr - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        It’s been reported via Twitter…

        http://www.broadstreethockey.com/2014/6/13/5807432/kimmo-timonen-signs-one-year-extension-with-the-flyers

        I can’t get on Twitter on my work computer but that article has links to the Tweet.

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:11 PM

        Fair enough. I don’t use twitter. Funny the asstards voting me down for simply asking a question.

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Another year of that old fart on the blueline

    • petersteelewannabe - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      You sound disappointed…as you should be if he continues to outplay your more expensive boys in Penguinland…

    • laxman1944 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM

      lol……Your a$$ clowns would kill to have a player of his skill and CHARACTER.

      Even at 39

    • coopjr - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Another year of Flyers obsessed Pens fans

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 13, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      I’d rather have an old fart that plays with heart than a so called captain who loses his spine in the post season.

      • malkamania71 - Jun 13, 2014 at 7:03 PM

        You’d rather Timo than Crosby, reeeeally? -__-

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 13, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        I’d want a player that plays and leaves it all on the ice, than a player who throws temper tantrums and lacks leadership. Sorry to burst your bubble, but I wouldn’t want Crosby on my team. The kid is a cancer.

  6. petersteelewannabe - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    If his base salary is only $2M then I like it a lot.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:59 AM

      But his actual cap hit is 4… there’s nothing to like about that. I guess it means he’s tradeable, but that $4 million could’ve been spent much more wisely; especially on a franchise that entered the off-season with less than $7 million in free space.

      • goodolejr - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        A little late. but his cap hit isn’t 4, it’s 2. If he hits the bonuses it could get up to 4, which won’t get calculated until the end of the year. If they end up not having the space to fit the remaining 2M under the cap at the end of the year then the remainder would roll over to count against next year’s cap. It’s confusing, but it is what it is.

        Either way, he took less money to stay in Philly, even if he hits the bonuses and ends up making $4M.

  7. ufostomper - Jun 13, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Sports judge, those numbers came from bleacher report

    • flyerspsu - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      is been confirmed

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 13, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Cool. After seeing the story here, I checked out the NHL’s site, and it wasn’t mentioned at that point either. Thank you for responding with an honest answer.

  8. chaseutley - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Affordable. Buys the Flyers some time to develop Morin, Gostisbehere, Alt, etc if necessary.

  9. phillyphannnn83 - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Nbc10 app gives you push notices and they sent the figures out hours ago. Hours ago!

  10. flyerspsu - Jun 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    good signing for the 2 mil cap hit

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      NO NO NO…. so many people on here are confused about his cap hit! When I first heard the announcement on the radio: “Kimmo Timonen signs a one-year $2million deal” I was ecstatic, that is until the second part came on: “with the possibility for $4 million with bonuses”. That means his cap hit is $4 million! Not 2! Which is horrible. People don’t seem to understand that bonuses factor directly into the cap hit. Last season Jarome Iginla signed a $1.8 million deal with the Bruins… unbelievable financially right!? WRONG (tho he had a great year). Included in the contract was a possible $4.2 million in performance bonuses… this aspect of the contract made the overall cap hit SIX MILLION DOLLARS. So while the $2million salary was exactly what I wanted for Kimmo if he returned, the added bonus makes his cap hit an excessive FOUR MILLION DOLLARS.

      Four million dollars on a cap strapped team. for a player who had his worst campaign since he became a full-time NHLer. Four million dollars for a player, who at his age, is nothing more than a 3rd-pairing, PP specialist. Four million dollars for a guy who was absolutely horrendous (in all aspects) against NY. No speed, no physicality, an amazing amount of poor decisions. I’m sorry, I love Timonen but people just don’t understand the ramifications of this decision. Ron Hextall was so close to making an excellent first move but instead he bungled it with the bonus money, leaving even less financial room to improve the much-needed blueline, add a top line winger, and a backup netminder.

      It was clearly time for #44 to hang em up but instead he’s handcuffed the organization he claims to care so much about.

    • goodolejr - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM

      I’m late to this, but flyerspsu is right. It’s $2M cap hit which could go to 4M if he hits his bonuses. It will get calculated at the end of the season, so during the season his cap hit is $2M not 4. If they don’t have the space to fit the extra 2 at the end of the year, that rolls over to the following year.

  11. ruthlessandtoothless - Jun 13, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    I love Kimmo. He’s a flyers legend in my opinion and a true warrior who never let injuries or his size keep him from giving the team all he had. That said I really fell like this is the wrong move for the flyers and him. He wants to win a cup, and it pains me to say but realistically the flyers will not do that next year. The flyers need a youth movement and need to get quicker on D. Money would have been better spent on a ufa like Tom Gilbert. He’s got the impressive advanced stats unlike the entire flyers defense and he’s 8 years younger. But since whats done is done hopefully Kimmo gets on a Jagr-esque offseason regimen and comes back revitalized and hopefully a step quicker than he showed last year.

  12. ruthlessandtoothless - Jun 13, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Also I’m curious if he opted to have an NTC on this. Perhaps the flyers might try to move him at the deadline to a contender of his choice if they aren’t looking too great. I’d love to see him win regardless of team. He really does deserve it.

  13. President Charles Logan - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    my god when are they gonna learn to just stop this insanity with the older washed up veterans ?? lol

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 14, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      For once I completely agree. Timonen is not worth a cent more than $2 million/per anymore, and even that’s pushing it. But folks don’t seem to understand that his actual cap hit is $4 million (bonuses are included)… still much better than last season’s $6, but still far too much. He started terribly slow, picked it up a little, then completely fell apart by seasons end. It was time to take his millions and go enjoy his life. He’s a true warrior and excellent leader… he could coach somewhere or I’m sure Hextall would’ve offered him a European scouting job. This signing makes it all the more necessary that Hextall attempt to deal Lecavalier, Hartnell, (possibly) Coburn, and/or Brayden Schenn.

      Where are all my fellow fans who said that Hextall wouldn’t follow in the footsteps of Bobby Clarke and Paul Holmgren?

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