Timonen Signs Extension; Simmonds still out; New post-win songs
UPDATE: Here are quotes from Kimmo Timonen regarding his new contract with the Flyers:
Q: At what point Kimmo did you figure that you had another season in you?
"I talked with Paul before the season started and he wanted to know where I'm at with playing one more year, and I said well coming off the lockout, coming out from back surgery, give me about 10 games. I want to see how I feel. I want to still feel like I can play [at a] top level and a couple days ago I talked to [Paul Holmgren], I said I feel pretty good and it was pretty easy after."
Q: I mean you said one more year. Are you limiting it to that?
"That's it. 99 percent sure that's my last."
PHILADELPHIA – Kimmo Timonen has been the glue to the Flyers defense for the past six seasons, and now, he’ll remain the primary adhesive for at least one more.
According to general manager Paul Holmgren, Timonen signed a one-year contract extension with the Flyers today worth $6 million.
“Kimmo’s presence on the ice for us and in our locker room is invaluable,” Holmgren said. “We look forward to him continuing his all-around play for us.”
Timonen, 37, the team’s associate captain, has been a rock for the Flyers on the blue line, and especially through the team’s first 10 games this season.
He has a goal and four assists for five points in 10 games, which ranks third on the team, but perhaps more importantly, Timonen is logging prime ice time (22:46 per game, tops on the team) against the best players on the opposition.
And he’s still a plus-player (+2) despite the team having allowed more goals (27) then they’ve scored (23) heading into Thursday’s action.
Timonen needs 20 more games to have played 1,000 in the NHL. It’s an impressive feat especially since he did it during parts of 14 seasons.
Timonen has missed only 13 games in his six seasons with the Flyers, and only 18 overall in the 12 seasons he was a full-time NHL starter.
As a Flyer, Timonen has scored 28 goals and added 183 assists for 211 points in 407 career games. That ranks 39th all-time in Flyers history and fifth all-time among defensemen, trailing only Mark Howe, Eric Desjardins, Tom Bladon and Behn Wilson.
He has also won the Barry Ashbee Trophy, as the Flyers’ best defenseman, three times, as voted on by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association.
We will have more on this after the game with more from Holmgren and the reaction from Timonen…
Wayne Simmonds will not play tonight, missing his third game since sustaining a concussion on an elbow by Washington defenseman John Erskine.
Erskine was suspended three games for the hit, although there was no penalty called on the play.
The Flyers certainly miss Simmonds, but his replacement in the lineup, Tom Sestito, scored both goals in the Flyers 2-1 win over Tampa Bay Tuesday.
After Flyers wins, I still see fans hash-tagging “Knock Knock” on Twitter.
That’s so 2012.
See, the Flyers have new celebration music after games. And this year, it’s not one song… but two.
The first song playing as the players walk into the locker room is “Bring out the Bottles” by Redfoo, one half of the popular duo LMFAO.
That is immediately followed by “Money Ain’t a Thang” by Jay-Z featuring Jermaine Dupri.
The music, as always, comes from the iPod of equipment manager Derek Settlemyre and he said he wasn’t sure if the team would stick with both songs all season, or ultimately choose one to be their anthem, but for now it’s both.
The question is, which one do you, the fans prefer?
Videos to both songs are below, but you can either email me at email@example.com or tweet me @AnthonySan37 to weigh in with your choice.
I will pass off the results of this unscientific poll to Settlemyre and the team and see if it has any effect.