Author: Jason Brough

Kimmo Timonen

Video: Thousands celebrate Timonen in home town of Kuopio


Beloved Finnish defenseman Kimmo Timonen was feted by thousands of fans in his hometown of Kuopio.

Just last month, Timonen, 40, ended his career on a high note:

The city of Kuopio has a population of around 110,000. Other hockey players from Kuopio include Olli Jokinen and Sami Kapanen.

Ducks extend Manson for two years

Anaheim Ducks v Arizona Coyotes

The Anaheim Ducks have given defenseman Josh Manson a two-year, one-way contract extension with a cap hit of $825,000.

The Ducks have since confirmed the signing, which was first reported by Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times.

Manson’s extension doesn’t kick in until 2016-17. He’ll still be on a two-way deal next season.

Manson split last season between the NHL and AHL. He had three assists in 28 games with the Ducks, having made his NHL debut in October.

The 23-year-old son of former NHLer Dave Manson will again have to compete for playing time next season. The Ducks have a deep blue line featuring Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen, Simon Despres, Clayton Stoner, Korbinian Holzer, and new addition Kevin Bieksa.

Report: Bartoszek (a.k.a. the Tukwila guy) invited to speak with NHL


The man who still hopes to build an arena in the Seattle suburb of Tukwila may not have submitted a bid for an NHL expansion team, but he did reportedly get an invite to chat with the league in New York.

That’s according to the Seattle Times, which was told by an NHL source that “the league invited (Ray) Bartoszek to its New York offices for a chat Tuesday.”

The NHL said yesterday in a release that it will “focus exclusively on the two expansion applications” it did receive from Las Vegas and Quebec City.

But if Bartoszek did indeed get invited to New York, that may not be entirely accurate. The NHL has made it no secret that it’s “very intrigued by the Pacific Northwest.”

Many are wondering now if Seattle’s best chance of getting an NHL team is via relocation.

The Times also reported that Bartoszek had been scouring “Seattle and elsewhere in recent months seeking additional investors” for his project. However, “those courted wanted to know how a billion-dollar pledge toward hockey and an arena would prove profitable and they weren’t satisfied with the answers.”

According to King 5, Bartoszek is “still actively engaged in trying to make his arena project a reality.”