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.
Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.
Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.
Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.
Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)
While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)
Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)
With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)
The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (NHL.com)