The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 39-year-old defenseman Kimmo Timonen to a one-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
The 5-10, 194-lb blueliner will return for his eighth season with the Flyers. He was acquired from the Nashville Predators along with Scott Hartnell in exchange for Nashville’s first-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft on June 18, 2007.
Timonen racked up 35 points (six goals) in 77 regular-season games this season, to go with a plus-5 rating. He only managed one assist in seven playoff games.
He has appeared in 519 of a possible 540 games for the Flyers over the past seven seasons, never missing more than six games in a season and appearing in all 82 games in 2009-10 and 2010-11. In that time period, Timonen notched 38 goals and 270 points.
Timonen ranks third all-time among Flyers defensemen in points (270) and 10th in games played (519).
It appears Timonen took a pay cut to remain a Philadelphia Flyer.
Fan reaction to the signing has been mostly positive, with fans happy the soon to be 40-year-old decided to give it one more year.
Some feel, as seen this past post-season, that he may not have much left in the tank.
He may be old, but you can’t argue the value. After all, Timonen just went from the Flyers’ most expensive defenseman to their lowest-paid defenseman. Not a bad bargain at all.
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