Citing the need to see how his body held up after another NHL campaign, Kimmo Timonen was hesitant about committing to come back for the 2014-15 season. So the 39-year old defenseman must feel pretty good, as the Philadelphia Flyers announced on Friday that he's signed a one-year extension.
According to ESPN's Craig Custance, the deal is in the $2-$3 million salary range and could reach up to $4 million depending on bonuses.
"This is my place," Timonen said in March. "If I get back here, this is where I want to be. I like our team. I like the team moving forward, because we can get some young guys, young forwards, who can be faster. I won't get any younger, that's for sure, and probably not faster, but I feel like I can still help the team."
Timonen scored six goals and posted 35 points in 77 games with the Flyers this past season. He was fifth on the team in ice time (20:19 per game), played the toughest minutes among the team's defensemen and lead the Flyers' blue line in possession numbers, according to Extra Skater.
There was no threat of Timonen deciding to move back to Finland for family reasons. As he said, via Broad Street Hockey, even if he chose retirement, the Timonen family would be sticking around Philadelphia for at least a few more years.
The Flyers were just under $7 million from the salary cap ceiling before extending Timonen. This will leave general manager Ron Hextall around $5 million, according to CapGeek, with restricted free agent Brayden Schenn needing a new deal and the team needing a second goaltender alongside Steve Mason. Depending on what happens with Vincent Lecavalier, there could be some extra room coming.
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