One more year? Two more years? Three?
Ever since the 2011-12 season came to an end, many wondered how many years Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has left playing professional hockey. It appears that we have an answer–for now.
Eklund of HockeyBuzz.com first reported that Timonen had been extended by the Flyers. It was later confirmed by Flyers insider Tim Panaccio. The deal hasn’t been officially announced yet, but Panaccio stated that the team expects to extend Timonen to a one-year, $6 million dollar deal by the end of the week. Knowing well that Timonen is in the final year of his contract, the Flyers are jumping at the opportunity to lock up their best defenseman.
Despite being 38 years old, Timonen has been a very reliable aspect of the Flyers blue line. During his tenure with the Flyers, he has missed just 12 games. This year, he has posted five points and averages just under 23 minutes of ice time per game. He is a crucial part of the Flyers organization and his veteran leadership is needed among a team with a handful of younger players. Timonen is also the only viable puck-moving defenseman the Flyers have right now, providing a nice offensive touch as well.
Many feel that $6 million is too much money for a 38-year-old, but his impact on the Flyers is priceless, especially with a what seems to be always dwindling defensive unit.
Timonen is quite the fan favorite in Philadelphia and it appears that he very well might finish his career in the orange and black, something that makes the Flyers faithful very happy.