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Timonen Signing an Unavoidable Necessity

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they extended Kimmo Timonen's contract by one year at a cap hit of $6 million. Many may not be happy about it, but the Flyers had to do it. It's really as simple as that.

What else were they going to do? If they lost Timonen, arguably their best defenseman and most capable puck mover, where would this team be in the standings? They most certainly would not be a playoff team. The roster only shows one other capable puck moving defenseman in Braydon Coburn.

Bachman, Fistric File for Arbitration

On Thursday evening, Dallas Stars goaltender Richard Bachman and defenseman Mark Fistric filed for salary arbitration prior to the 5 p.m., deadline on July 5.

This means that if the player and organization are unable to come to an agreement on a new deal, a hearing will occur between the team, the player and a third party salary arbitrator at some point between the dates of July 20 and August 4 to determine a new salary for the 2012-13 season.

Bachman valiantly stepped into the spotlight after Kari Lehtonen fell to an injury halfway through the year. 

In his first season as backup, the 24-year old Salt Lake City native went 8-5-1 in 18 appearances, recorded a ....

Aaron Rome Signs with Dallas Stars

The Dallas Stars beefed up on defense, continuing the big-man philosophy by inking defenseman Aaron Rome to a three year contract worth $4.5 million total. Rome, a physical depth defenseman most notably remembered for his crushing hit on Nathan Horton during the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, will likely be stuck on the lower end of the defense crew.

Rome, 28, is best known for his stay-at-home defense style. He spent the last three years with the Vancouver Canucks, totaling just 5 goals and 14 assists over that span. 

"Aaron is a physical defensive defenseman who adds size and grit to our blue line," GM Joe Nieuwendyk said in the Stars' official press release. &qu...

Grossman doesn't turn heads but plays well in debut

He was brought here to play well in the defensive zone.

With one game in the book, the one minor victory the Flyers can take away from Saturday’s disgusting 6-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, is that newly acquired defensive defenseman, Nicklas Grossman lived up to his reputation.

Well, for one game at least.

Defenseman may not be only position on Flyers wish list

Several writers have started to say that the Philadelphia Flyers need to rethink their plans to add a defenseman at the trade deadline.

Some believe that even with that kind of addition it still wouldn’t be enough to help the Flyers compete with the top teams in the league. Especially the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers.

They’re absolutely right.

Even if the team does bring in a serviceable defender to sure up their shaky d-corps, the team still may not be good enough to contend.

That’s exactly why the team may be looking to strengthen the forward group as well.

Trade winds blowing in Philadelphia

It’s been talked about since captain Chris Pronger went down for the season in December, but now the question resonates louder than it ever has before.

Who are they going to get?

With the February 27 trade deadline quickly approaching, rumors have been swirling as to what the Philadelphia Flyers plan to do to make their promising team a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference.

As each day ends and a new one begins, the anticipation to what will be done becomes more palpable.

Alex Edler: Rise of the Norris Quality Defenseman

After being unranked heading into his draft year, Alex Edler wasn't really on anyone's radar.  When the Canucks drafted him 91st overall in 2004 he was quite the unknown for a fan base that likes to know everything about all of its players.

It wasn't until 2006-2007 that Alex Edler got his first taste of NHL hockey.  That year he played 22 games and registered three points.  While he wasn't spectacular, he didn't make any glaring errors.  Fans could see that Edler had the potential to be a mainstay on the Canuck blueline for years to come.

From the beginning, it was incredibly apparent that Edler wasn't your average offensive defense...