This is definitely a good day for Flyers fans around the world. According to the Flyers’ official site, General Manager Ron Hextall has announced that the organization has come to terms with Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen on a one-year extension of his contract.
This will mark his eighth season in a Philadelphia Flyers jersey.
The 5’10” Kuopio, Finland native was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Flyers in a trade with the Nashville Predators on June 18, 2007 along with Flyers left wing Scott Hartnell in exchange for a first round draft pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Last season, the Flyers alternate captain suited up for 77 of the 82 games the team played last season. In that amount of time, he was able to secure 6 goals and 29 assists for a total of 35 points to accompany his plus-5 rating.
Timonen also brings with him plenty of Olympic experience. He has represented his native Finland in a total of 5 Olympic Games dating back to 1998. In four out of the five Games, he was able to secure a medal. He has three bronze medals, two of which were earned while he was a Flyer, and one Silver medal which he won in 2004.
He is definitely a strong asset to the Flyers, and I am sure that not just the organization, but the Flyers fans are happy to call him one of their own for at least one more year.
What are your thoughts on the matter? Are you happy to see Timonen in a Flyers jersey for another year, or do you think he would be better off elsewhere? Let us know what you think in the comments below.