Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen diagnosed with blood clots, Flyers sign Michael Del Zotto, Penguins re-sign Brandon Sutter, an update on Joni Pitkanen and more.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen faces the end of his NHL career as he was diagnosed with blood clots in his right leg and lungs. The Flyers promptly signed unrestricted free agent blueliner Michael Del Zotto as Timonen’s replacement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Timonen on his recovery. As the article suggests, the 39-year-old’s condition likely spells the end of his playing career. Signing Del Zotto will fill Timonen’s spot on the Flyers blueline but he won’t replace Timonen’s experience, leadership and all-around skills. Del Zotto’s new deal is for one year at a cap hit of $1.3 million. Timonen’s illness means the Flyers can place him on long-term injured reserve to start the season.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed center Brandon Sutter to a two-year, $6.6 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sutter was the last remaining free agent the Penguins had to re-sign. The 25-year-old’s new deal pays him $3.3 million per season, which is nearly $1.3 million per season more than his previous deal. Sutter will continue to center the Penguins third line.
NBC SPORTS: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen (broken heel) remains a long way from returning to action. He missed all of last season recovering from the injury, and has yet to begin skating.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pitkanen faces the possibility his playing career may be over.
NEWSDAY: Negotiations to sell the New York Islanders to Philadelphia-based hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway have ceased. There’s no indication if other potential buyers are interested. The franchise is scheduled to relocate to Brooklyn next summer.
NATIONAL POST: An auction house has apologized to Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry for erroneously promoting a mansion they claimed belonged to Cherry.