The Flyers answered one question they had entering the offseason with a resounding, “Yes.”
On Friday, the team announced they have re-signed defenseman Kimmo Timonen to a one-year contract extension. The terms of the deal were not disclosed but ESPN’s Craig Custance reports the deal is for a $2 million base salary that could rise to $4 million including bonuses. The cap hit remains at $2 million and any bonuses Timonen attains rollover to 2015-16.
The 39-year-old scored six goals and added 29 assists for 35 points in 77 games last season for the Flyers. He was also a part of Team Finland’s Bronze Medal team at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
While Timonen has certainly lost a step over the past few years, he has been a workhorse for the Flyers on the backend averaging over 20 minutes of ice time per game while quarterbacking the team’s top power play unit. His leadership, which cannot be shown through statistics, is also a strength of Timonen’s game.
Simply put, for the offensive and defensive production Timonen provides to the Flyers, even as he increases in age, is worth something on the market and the Flyers would not be able to replace him for less than $2 million.