Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall has been quite busy the past few days.
The club’s new GM has reportedly reached an agreement with veteran defencemen Timmonen on a one year contract extension. The cap hit or price for the contract has not yet been determined.
The 39 year old assistant capitain Timmonen tallied six goals and 32 points last season for the Flyers which leaves his overall record with the team standing at an impressive total of 38 goals and 270 points.
I believe this is an excellent signing for the Flyers, providing it’s not too expensive. If the price is over $2.5 million, I will be very surprised. Regardless, I’m certain Kimmo Timonen will continue to use his experience to help the younger defencemen like Luke Schenn and Erik Gustafsson continue to improve.
He’s also got a wicked shot that the Flyer’s powerplay units will undoubtedly benefit from next season. It will be interesting to see if defencemen Hal Gill and Mark Streit will be with the Flyers next season as a result of this signing.
This signing comes in the midst of Hextall’s plan to try and move veteran centermen Vincent Lecavalier. Lecavalier has completed year one of a five year deal with the Flyers. With the exit of Ottawa Senators Captain Jason Spezza, the Ottawa Senators may prove to be a good fit for Lecavalier.
However, I can’t see that happening since Spezza was adamant that he did not want to be dealt to a club that plays his former team regularly. That being said, the Nashville Predators and Calgary Flames could prove to be potential buyers in this situation.
After yet another disappointing season the Flames faithful would surely love to see Vincent Lecavalier end up in Calgary.
He could be just the player the team needs to turn things around. With his experience, he could teach Flames rookie superstar Sean Monahan how to dominate in the faceoff circle. Mikael Backlund would also benefit tremendously as well. He would provide the Flames with some much needed depth and some much needed help for veteran Mike Cammalleri.
The time leading up to the draft will be most exciting with all the players that will be available. I can’t wait to see where Vincent Lecavalier will end up next season.
He comes with a high price tag, but his level of experience may prove priceless to a team in a rebuilding phase.
The Philadelphia Flyers may have a tough time replacing such a great third line centermen. But I’m sure GM Ron Hextall has a plan for that as well.
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