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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.

Failure to Develop a Blue Line May Have Cost the Flyers JvR

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)

Shea Weber Offer Sheet: Nashville Matches 14-Year Offer Sheet By Flyers; Retains Weber

The Nashville Predators were not bluffing when they said they would match any offer sheet offered to their star defenseman and captain Shea Weber.

Following through on a promise, the Predators matched the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet Weber signed last Wednesday with the Flyers according to the Predator’s website. It is the largest contract in their franchise history.

Shea Weber Offer Sheet: Nashville Predators Debate Ability To Match, According To Report

According to a report from TSN’s Darren Dreger, it is expected that more meetings will take place between Nashville Predators owners as they decide whether or not to match Shea Weber’s offer sheet. The organization has until 11:30pm EST on Wednesday to make their decision.

Dreger reports that many around the NHL don’t believe the team will be able to match the Philadelphia Flyers’ offer of $110 million for 14 years. Nashville would have to pay Weber $27 million in the first year alone if they were to match.

Free Agency 2012: Defenseman Shea Weber Signs 14-Year Offer Sheet With Flyers

The Flyers want their number one defenseman.

According to TSN's Darren Dreger on Twitter, restricted free agent defenseman Shea Weber has signed an offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers. The news comes at nearly 1 AM EST.

The offersheet is a 14-year deal worth upwards to $100 million. The Predators have up to seven days to match the Flyers offer or they will receive compensation from Philadelphia for the loss of one of the best defenseman in the NHL.

Free Agency 2012: Zach Parise and Ryan Suter Both Sign With Minnesota Wild

The two biggest free agents on the market this summer have made their decision, and their decision is Minnesota.

It was announced early Tuesday afternoon that both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter have agreed to terms with the Minnesota Wild, both for 13-year, $98 million deals.

Parise, the former captain of the New Jersey Devils, scored 404 points in 502 games over seven seasons with the Devils. After suffering from a season-ending injury last season, he had a successful comeback season, with 69 points in 82 games. He led his team to Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, where they ultimately lost to the Los Angeles Kings.

Scott Hartnell Named As Member Of NHLPA Negotiating Committee

According to a report from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, Flyers forward Scott Hartnell has been named as a member of the 31-player NHLPA negotiating committee.

Negotiations between the Players' Association and the NHL over a new collective bargaining agreement will begin on Friday. The current agreement is set to expire on September 15th.

Hartnell and committee members will be closely involved in that process, and various members will attend bargaining sessions and be responsible for corresponding with other members not in attendance.

TCL Round 2 Staff Predictions: Phoenix Coyotes vs. Nashville Predators


2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Western Conference SemifinalsPhoenix Coyotes ( 3 ) vs. Nashville Predators ( 4 )  If the first round opponents of these two teams would be facing each other instead of the Preds and Coyotes, we'd be talking about two of the biggest rivals in NHL history, and two recent Stanley Cup winners. But we're not talking about them. We're talking about two underdog teams that got to the second round by beating perennial favorites, with great goaltending, great coaching, and a lot of hard work. It's surprising that the Phoenix Coyotes are even still in the league, yet alone in the second round of these playoffs, after taking out the Chi...

The Pittsburgh Penguins Display The Problems With NHL Officiating

The NHL fined the Isles last year $100,000 for the brawl game vs. the Pens, but the Pens did not get fined anything despite a player leaving the bench as a sixth skater to join a fight on the ice - which, by the way, means the head coach should be suspended for one game - he wasn't. But owner Mario Lemieux stated that the NHL didn't do enough to punish the Isles for that disgrace of a game.
Keep in mind that Matt Martin and Trevor Gillies received suspensions. They rightfully deserved them, and Godard got the 10 games required for leaving the bench, but the Penguins didn't receive any other suspensions or fines of any kind.
Lemieux, despite the one-sided disciplinary action, still felt that the league didn't do enough.

Weber Skates Away Smiling

The NHL's choice not to suspend Nashville defenseman Shea Weber for his postgame actions on Henrik Zetterberg is pathetic and shameful. Weber has been fined $2,500 which is the maximum allowed under the current CBA. The NHL is failing its players and fans, particularly young ones with this negligence.