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.
It wasn’t pretty – especially if you’re disgusted by that Roman Polak hit – but the Toronto Maple Leafs keep generating big wins as a playoff return looks increasingly likely.
Toronto managed a 5-2 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday, passing the Boston Bruins for third place in the Atlantic Division:
Maple Leafs: 83 points in 72 games
Bruins: 82 points in 73 games
This leaves the currently in-action New York Islanders four points behind the Bruins for the final wild card in the East.
The Maple Leafs aren’t just grabbing key points; they’re doing so against some strong opponents who’ve had plenty on the line, too. They beat a Metro contender in Columbus tonight, the Bruins on Monday, grabbed an OT point against Chicago on Saturday and handled the desperate Lightning last Thursday.
John Tortorella was left enraged after Roman Polak delivered a dangerous boarding hit on Oliver Bjorkstrand, and he probably wasn’t too pleased after the Columbus Blue Jackets failed to make Toronto pay for Polak’s misdeeds.
Polak received a game misconduct and boarding major for the hit, but the Blue Jackets failed to score on a lengthy power play. Tortorella played to script, as cameras caught him expressing his anger at the situation.
Honestly, after 10 games, the question shouldn’t be “can Josh Ho-Sang stick with the Islanders full-time?” Instead, the feeling is … what took so long for him to get this chance?
For all the grumbling about Ho-Sang sporting number 66, he’s provided serious bursts of brilliance and creativity for the Islanders, whether he’s been supporting or even setting upJohn Tavares.
The video above is some really good stuff, as it walks through his confident comments – and undeniable uncertainty – during the night he was drafted, all the way through him getting his chance with the Isles this season. Some of the best stuff comes from Doug Weight, who raves that Ho-Sang is a “five out of five” from an offensive standpoint.