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.
Alicia wanted to write something from the heart about Kimmo Timonen, who may have played his last game with the Flyers, and possibly in the NHL two weeks ago when the Flyers were eliminated from the playoffs.
She had it all mapped out on paper, but didn't know the best way to express what her feelings were on the possible end to Timonen's career. Timonen is the reason she loves hockey, and you will see in what she wrote how clear that fact is.
Maybe it's a premature obituary to Timonen's career. Maybe it's coming at the approprate time. So here is Alicia's words, in the rawest form possible, to pay tribute to one of the greatest defensemen in Flyers history.
By virtue of finishing third place in the Metropolitan Division, the Flyers have drawn the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs. The Flyers and Rangers split their season series, with both teams winning twice on home ice.
The Flyers are on the right track to make the playoffs, and it's Claude Giroux who is leading them there.
Giroux added another three points to his season total, helping the Flyers to a 4-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Friday. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Flyers, putting them back in the playoff hunt.
The Flyers scored first, and came at the Maple Leafs early. It was the exact opposite of their effort against the Rangers on Wednesday.
The Philadelphia Flyers had a rough night on Thursday.
Following a 7-3 drubbing to the San Jose Sharks, the mood in the locker room was filled with disappointment and confusion. Both Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell said after the game that they don't know where it went wrong, but they needed to get back to playing their style of hockey.
Or as Hartnell worded it, "Flyers hockey."
(Photo: Vincent Lecavalier (front) and Kimmo Timonen celebrate after Lecavalier's game-winning goal on Sunday. AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
The 2014 Winter Olympics have concluded and all attention now turns back to the NHL and towards the Philadelphia Flyers returning to action on Thursday night against the San Jose Sharks.
While most of the Flyers enjoyed a few weeks off, five Flyers spent the Olympic break representing their respective countries in Sochi, Russia. Those five players were Kimmo Timonen (Finland), Jakub Voracek (Czech Republic), Michael Raffl (Austria), Mark Streit (Switzerland) and Andrej Meszaros (Slovakia).
For the most part, the success of those players went with the success of their teams.
(Photo: Kimmo Timonen (left) celebrates his bronze medal with Teemu Selanne (right) and the rest of Finland. Photo via Flyers website.)