Flyers Re-Sign D Kimmo Timonen
The Flyers have re-signed free agent defenseman Kimmo Timonen to a one-year contract on Friday.
The contract will bring the Finnish blue liner back to Philadelphia for an eight season. The deal is reportedly worth around $2 million with the possibility of up to around $4 million if he reaches incentives.
In a conference call with reporters, general manager Ron Hextall said he had about a half dozen conversations with Timonen and told the veteran defenseman to take his time.
"I think the biggest key is whether Kimmo thinks he can play and whether Kimmo has enough in the tank to go through another offseason and be in shape in September," Hextall told reporters. "I think when you talk to a lot of guys that have been around a long time, that’s the hardest part."
Hextall said that the Flyers didn't feel a sense of urgency to sign Timonen with Erik Gustafsson going to Russia.
Last season, Timonen appeared in 77 games for the Flyers, recording six goals and 29 assists for 35 points to go along with 32 PIM. He also won a bronze medal at the 2014 Olympics with Finland.
He has appeared in 519 of a possible 540 games for the Flyers over the past seven seasons, showing his durability.
Many believed last season would be his last. Timonen mulled retirement heading into last season before signing a one-year, $6 million deal.
Hextall said that Timonen, who will turn 40, is going to dictate his roll on the ice for the 2014-15 season.
"We had a wide range of conversations, and we had conversations on different things like roles, and where he sees himself and where he fits," Hextall said. "We talked everything through where at no point this year is there going to be Kimmo being upset or us being upset or what not."
The Flyers have yet to re-sign forward Brayden Schenn or goalie Ray Emery. Schenn is Hextall's top priority, he said, and he is taking his time on a decision with Emery.