Kimmo Timonen isn’t ready to hang up his skates just yet. The 39-year-old defenseman has agreed to a one-year extension with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The financial terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but he just finished a one-year, $6 million contract.
Not including the shortened season, Timonen has recorded at least 35 points in each of his last 11 campaigns, but he barely reached that mark in 2013-14. That’s because he struggled out of the gate and didn’t even get his first point until Nov. 5. He had just five points in his first 27 contests.
He got better from there and was one of the Flyers’ most effective weapons with the man advantage. He also averaged 20:19 minutes per contest.
Timonen will go down as one of the top offensive defensemen of his era, but he hasn’t won the Stanley Cup yet. He came close with the Flyers in 2010, but he doubtlessly hopes that he will still be able to retire as a champion.
The Los Angeles Kings announced today that they have “reached an agreement with Mike Richards to resolve the grievance filed in relation to the termination of his NHL Standard Players Contract. The terms are agreeable to all parties.”
The club said that it will not be commenting further “on the terms” of the settlement.
The NHLPA released a similar statement.
It was reported earlier in the week that a settlement was close to being reached; however, it wasn’t clear what salary-cap penalties the Kings would incur.
We’re starting to find out some details now:
How the final numbers differ from what the Kings would have incurred if they’d bought Richards out will be interesting to see. And if there are differences, how will they be justified?
Aaron Ward, a 16-year NHL veteran that appeared in over 800 career games, has been arrested for “assault on a female,” per WNCN.
Ward was arrested on Friday in Cary, North Carolina and also charged with interfering with emergency communication, according to the report.
Currently working as an analyst for TSN, Ward spent five years of his career in Carolina, helping the ‘Canes capture the Stanley Cup in 2006.
Update: Per WRAL, Ward’s wife called 9-1-1 after the two had a confrontation around 1 p.m. ET. Police confirmed Ward was arrested at his home in Cary.
According to the warrant for his arrest, he took away his wife’s phone.
Because of the nature of his charges, Ward will spend a mandatory 48 hours in the Wake County jail. Anyone arrested on a domestic violence charge is held for 48 hours before bail is set.
And here’s a statement from TSN: