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Timonen agrees to terms with Predators

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Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - The Nashville agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with defenseman on Friday. Timonen is the club's all-time leader among defenseman in games played (337), goals (43), assists (109) and points (152). In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 28-year-old Timonen has been with Nashville since its inception in the league during the 1998-99 season. He posted six goals and a team-high 34 assists in 72 games in 2002-03.

"We are pleased to sign one of our best players -- and certainly an important part of our defense -- to a long-term deal," said executive vice president/general manager David Poile. "Kimmo started his NHL career with Nashville and has become one of the league’s top young defensemen as a Predator. This deal ensures that he will remain a leader on our team for years to come."

Timonen was acquired by the with Jan Vopat from the Los Angeles for future considerations on June 26, 1998. Timonen was originally the ' 11th selection, 250th overall (10th round), in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

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