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In the hours leading up to tonight’s Flyers/Jets game, the Flyers got some of the best news that they’ve had all season: Kimmo Timonen will return this year.
The embattled 39 year old defenseman seemed like a huge long shot to play this season, but Flyers coach Craig Berube indicated to beat writers before the game that Timonen will return to play for the Flyers before the end of the year.
There will be much more to come in light of this news. The Flyers will need to make salary cap room for Timonen’s 2 million dollar AAV. They will need to figure out exactly where he fits into this lineup, and how much of a role he will be able to play after a long absence from the game.
For now though, let’s just enjoy the fact that Timonen will be able to retire on his own terms. Timonen said a few weeks ago that he would like to retire “with his skates and not his shoes”. Now he will get to do that. Through the rest of this very underwhelming 2014-15 campaign, be grateful for the fact that we can watch one of the best defensive careers in Flyers history end on the ice and not in the press box. Kimmo forever.
*UPDATE: Hextall has apparently said that a definitive decision will be made this weekend. Timonen may or may not have been surprised by the news of his return. Still seems like he will probably return this season, but we’ll have to wait for official confirmation a bit longer.