VETERAN Kimmo Timonen may be close to signing a 1-year contract extension with the Flyers, but no deal has been completed, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

"We have had talks, but no deal is in place," Holmgren said in a text message, confirming the discussions with Chicago-based agent Bill Zito.

Multiple reports pegged Timonen's extension at $6 million, which would make him the 16th-highest paid defenseman in the NHL at age 38. That's an interesting figure, since Timonen has been slowed by injuries over the years and the salary cap will shrink by $5.9 million to $64.3 million. He earns a prorated $3 million this year, in the final season of his 6-year, $38 million deal.

Timonen, who did not respond to a message left by the Daily News, has 183 assists, 211 points and two All-Star appearances over 407 games with the Flyers.

He acknowledged it was tough to find motivation during the 113-day lockout to stay in shape, but he has wanted to represent his native Finland in one more Olympics. He could get that chance next February in Sochi, Russia.

- Frank Seravalli