The Flyers were put in a bind and Kimmo Timonen knew it.
Using the tough situation the Flyers were in, Timonen used it to his advantage to sign a one-year, $6 million deal with the Flyers for the 2013-14 season. But for Timonen, next season could be his last.
"That's it. 99 percent sure that's my last," said the 37-year-old Finnish defenseman, who is in the middle of his 13th season in the NHL.
Timonen, who will be 38 next month, was going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season before signing his extension. He was unsure whether or not this was going to be his last season in the NHL, but some conversations with general manager Paul Holmgren helped changed those feelings.
Saturday night against Carolina, the Flyers dressed Kimmo Timonen, Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann, Kurtis Foster, and Bruno Gervais as their defense.
All six shared one thing in common -- not a single one of them were drafted by the Flyers.
In fact, the Flyers have a consistent issue with things like that. Since the lost season of 2004-05, the Flyers have not gotten more than 150 games played from a defensemen they drafted and only one home grown defensemen has played more than 200 games in a Flyers uniform since that time, Randy Jones, an undrafted defender.
(Pictured: Braydon Coburn and Kimmo Timonen. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The Flyers had to make a decision before tonight's game, and they did so two hours before the puck dropped for tonight's game.
The Flyers announced that they will send 18-year-old forward Scott Laughton back to the Oshawa Generals of the OHL.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren let Laughton know this afternoon that he was sending him back to Oshawa. Holmgren said it was a difficult decision but it was in the best interest of Laughton that he was sent back.
The Flyers are expecting to start the season without injured forward Danny Briere.
But in a turn of events, Briere could actually return sooner than expected. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that Briere is, "healing really well and going in the right direction" in regards to Briere's wrist injury sustained in Europe at the end of December.
Holmgren then said that the forward had incurred a stress fracture on his left wrist. Originally the team thought Briere had a sprain or a bone bruise.
Yesterday afternoon, NBC 10’s Howard Eskin tweeted that a source close to the situation had told him that Ilya Bryzgalov was questionable for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals with a hip injury.
In Philadelphia, spring is in the air you can hear the birds sing during the day and the crickets chirp at night. The weather is starting to warm up now, Major League Baseball's spring training has already begun and the Philadelphia Flyers are getting in playoff mode.
The feeling arrived this weekend during back-to back matinee games starting with the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.
The trade winds are blowing all over the NHL and its pipelines. Twitter is ablaze with rumors, Facebook is full of propositions, and everyone is on pins and needles.
It’s what makes the NHL trade deadline among the most frantic and fun days of the sports year. Every team has problems and every follower of the team knows exactly what the cure will be for their woes.
When the trade finally goes down, many will ooh and aah over the new shiny toy in the home sweater.
In Philadelphia, it’s a little bit different.
The beast that is the media climate of the City of Brotherly Love seems to remain at a fever pitch. If it’s not about what right-handed bat the Phillies should acquire, it’s about what the Eagles should do with their disgruntled wide receiver.