Rumor: Flyers To Sign Timonen To Extension

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The Flyers will look to continue their winning streak to three games Thursday night when the Florida Panthers come to the Wells Fargo Center.

Meanwhile, Kimmo Timonen is close to signing a one-year, $6 million contract extension according to Tim Pannacio of CSN Philly.

This would make Timonen the highest-paid defenseman on the Flyers at 38 years old. Since joining the team in 2007, Timonen has only missed 12 games.

The price may seem high especially at Timonen’s age but considering it’s only a one-year deal, the higher cap hit is expected. There are injury concerns and with the cap going down to $64 million next season, there is a strong chance he could become a liability.

There is no doubt, however, that Timonen is a much-needed veteran presence on such a young team. His influence is clearly already apparent on newcomer Luke Schenn and even with Timonen’s lack of speed, he is still an asset to any blueline.

The Flyers are expected to make an announcement later this week.

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