Kimmo Timonen's future with the Flyers and in the NHL is now uncertain. The 39-year-old defenseman is an unrestricted free agent after playing this past season on a one-year, $6 million contract. The Flyers have big-money extensions kicking in for next season as Claude Giroux is slated to make north of $8 million while Andrew MacDonald is set to cash in at $5 million.
Does Timonen want to play next season? If so, will it be with the Flyers? And if that's the case, will he take a reduced price to get one last shot at a Stanley Cup with the Flyers?
Timonen answered a few of those questions. Timonen told John Boruk of Comcast Sportsnet that he will take a few weeks to make his decision but it is a simple decision. He will either retire or return to the Flyers. There are no other options.
The Finnish Olympian has been one of the most consistent players on the Flyers blue line for the last seven seasons. In 77 games this season, Timonen scored six goals and added 29 assists for 35 points. In seven seasons in Philadelphia, he has scored 38 goals and dished out 232 assists for 270 points. The 232 assists are 10 more than he had in eight seasons in Nashville.
It will truly be a shame if Kimmo Timonen does not get to hoist the Cup once in his career. He has conducted himself with class and dignity on and off the ice. Timonen has been a real ambassador for the Flyers and hopefully will get one more go for the Stanley Cup.
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