Kimmo Timonen’s first goal in 2014-15 will put him ahead of Teppo Numminen as the top goal scoring Finnish defenseman in NHL history. Timonen won’t catch Numminen in all-time points, but they’re clearly cut from the same cloth.
Kimmo Timonen is back for another season, his eighth with the Philadelphia Flyers and 16th in the NHL, and will celebrate his 40th birthday in uniform next March 18.
The Flyers and Timonen agreed to a one-year contract worth a reported $2 million in base salary and up to $4 million with bonuses. Timonen could have sought more on the open market, but wanted to remain in Philadelphia.
A question came in earlier asking where Timonen ranks among all-time Finnish defensemen in NHL history.
If Timonen plays just one more NHL season, it will be almost impossible for him to pass Teppo Numminen statistically, although they’re probably on par when you look at their overall game. Numminen had 117 goals and 637 points in 1,372 games, mostly with the Winnipeg/Phoenix organization. Timonen is also at 117 goals with 571 points in 1,092 games.
With the Flyers this season, Timonen quarterbacked the power play, but averaged just 20:19 in ice time, his lowest average in eight years in Philadelphia. He’ll likely have second-pair duty on a Philly D-corps that includes Braydon Coburn, Andrew MacDonald, Mark Streit, Luke Schenn and Nicklas Grossmann.
In his 55th game with Philadelphia this coming season, Timonen will pass the threshold of being best known as a Flyer. He spent the first 573 games of his NHL career with the Nashville Predators before his trade to Philly with Scott Hartnell for a first-round pick in 2007. He’s at 519 games with the Flyers right now.
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