Whether it was a bike ride or a long run in the weeks after the Flyers were eliminated from the playoffs, Kimmo Timonen looked himself in the mirror afterward hoping to get the answer to more than just a workout: Does he still have it? In the first couple weeks after the season ended in the first round of the postseason, the 39-year-old defenseman was leaning pretty heavily toward hanging up his skates after 15 NHL seasons. Then he watched the rest of the NHL playoffs, and the NBA too. “I like to see when guys are winning big things,” Timonen said. “I still haven’t won the Stanley Cup.” He polled 15 of his friends, mostly other Finnish guys who played the game. Thirteen of them said, “Don’t quit.” So he won’t. Timonen took a one-year contract reportedly worth $2 million in base salary, but bonuses could take it as high as $4 million. “It wasn’t really a money issue for me,” said Timonen, who has amassed more than $50 million in career earnings before this contract. “When the season ended, I wanted to see how I felt. I went away and took time to think, ‘OK, can I still do it, and do I have enough in the tank to still play at a high level?’ “Inside of me, I still feel like I can play and can put up some points; I can still shut down the other team’s top lines and that kind of stuff.” General manager Ron Hextall had been hoping that would be the case.
Flyers’ Timonen signs cap-friendly deal
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