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From ESPN's Katie Strang:
Kimmo Timonen finally got his day with the Stanley Cup on Tuesday, as he brought the prized trophy to his hometown of Kuopio, Finland, to a parade of more than 10,000 well-wishers. It was a momentous occasion, symbolic of the long journey for the veteran defenseman, who sealed his career with the ultimate prize after 16 NHL seasons. Almost his entire 2014-15 season was derailed by blood clots, a harrowing medical situation that threatened to end his playing days prematurely, but after being traded from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Chicago Blackhawks in February, he eventually recovered to appear in 16 regular-season games and 18 games in the postseason. His last was Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals, when the Blackhawks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the team’s third Cup in six seasons. It was Timonen’s first, however, and afterward, he did not hesitate about his future. While on the ice while celebrating with the Cup, he announced his intentions to hang up the skates.
He retired as a Stanley Cup champion. Is there any better way to go out? Here are five other players since 2000-01 who also played more than 1,000 NHL games and chose to leave the game in the same fashion.
from Chris Emma of CBS Chicago,
When the trade deadline came and Timonen’s Philadelphia Flyers weren’t in contention, he was sent to Chicago, a Cup favorite. He hadn’t played all season but had worked to reach this point.
“The dream of winning was so bad, that I wanted to turn every stone,” Timonen said. “It was a long battle.”
Now here’s Timonen, with the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final, and he’s a healthy scratch. He spent long hours on the ice and in the doctor’s office to get here. Now he’s wearing a suit while his team fights for a championship.
“It’s frustrating,” Timonen said. “I can’t lie to you. It’s hard, I’m not lying to you. It is what it is.”...
Does Timonen believe his play is worthy of ice time?
“Obviously not, because I’m not playing,” Timonen said. “That’s a sign.”
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen was in the midst of his first press gathering in Philadelphia since the Philadelphia Flyers traded him Feb. 27.
After eight years as a member of the Flyers, Timonen was asked how the crowd would react for his return to Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday.
Timonen, the stoic 40-year-old Finn, took several beats to gather himself as the memories of the past washed over him.
"I only have good memories here," he finally said. "I'm sure it's going to be good. All the things that happened here. ... I'm happy to be here."
"That guy is such a great human being off the ice, on the ice," Flyers forward Jakub Voracek said. "It's a really good example for me. I was 21, 22 when I got here. He showed me the way, how to be a better person and how to be a better hockey player. That guy's a pro every single way. ... I'm very happy for him that he's got a chance to battle for a Stanley Cup because he really deserves it."
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
There wasn’t one particular “welcome back” moment for Kimmo Timonen — a time when a forward blew by him, or when his legs couldn’t keep up with his thought process, or when his timing failed him at an inopportune moment.
There were lots of them.
“All four games I’ve played so far,” Timonen said with a laugh. “You get that feeling: ‘Oh, my God. I’ve got a long ways to go.’ ”
Timonen wasn’t expecting this to be easy. He turns 40 on Wednesday, so he knows how this works by now. He knew he wasn’t going to be able to step on the ice for the first time in 10 months after dealing with potentially life-threatening blood clots in his calf and both lungs and immediately be his old self — a four-time All-Star, a minutes-eater, a top-tier power-play point man, a penalty-killer.
But he didn’t think it was going to be this difficult, either. Four games into his Blackhawks career, Timonen has seen his ice time drop every game, from 17:29 on March 2 to a mere 9:21 on Friday night in Arizona.
“It’s been hard,” he said. “The game’s fast, and everything happens fast, and everybody’s fighting for the playoffs. It’s not like Game 30, when everybody’s kind of sluggish. It’s all-out now for everybody. So it’s been hard. It’s going to take time. When I came here, I gave myself 19 games to get in the shape I want to be in when we get to the playoffs. We’ve still got 15 games to go.”
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
This spring is Kimmo Timonen’s final shot at a Stanley Cup ring.
The 39-year-old defenceman told reporters in Chicago Thursday that he will be retiring at the end of the 2014-15 season but wants to remain involved in hockey as a coach.
Timonen, who only made his season debut Monday, was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks from the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL draft and a conditional fourth-rounder in 2016.
Ironically, it was the Blackhawks who snuffed out the blueliner’s best shot at lifting the Cup back in 2010, when Chicago defeated Philly in a six-game Stanley Cup final.
via Philadelphia Flyer PR release,
The Philadelphia Flyers have traded defenseman Kimmo Timonen to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a second round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional draft pick in 2016, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Timonen, 39 (3/18/1975), was diagnosed with blood clots last summer and has missed the entire season due to the condition, but was recently cleared to play and has been preparing for a return to the ice for the past several weeks. The 2013-14 season was Timonen’s seventh with the Flyers, over which time he recorded 38 goals and 232 assists for 270 points in 519 games. He is a five-time winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers’ best defenseman, including the last three consecutive seasons, making him one of just three players (Howe, Desjardins) to win the award in three straight years.
Kimo Timonen after his first practice with the Philadelphia Flyers this season.
Timonen says it will probably take 7-10 days before he appears in a game.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Some of the Flyers heard the news in advance.
Most didn’t know until after the game that Kimmo Timonen would resume skating on Friday morning at Skate Zone at 9 a.m.
“I heard during the game that he got cleared,” Claude Giroux said. “It’s great. Kimmo was well liked in this locker room. He brings a lot to us.”
There are two things that Timonen could bring. First, he is not known to make the kind of ghastly turnovers in front of his own goalie like Luke Schenn did in the 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders on Thursday night (see game recap).
Secondly, and more importantly, Timonen will be an enormous addition to the Flyers' penalty kill. The ultimate difference in this team being a playoff contender and missing out for the second time in three years is how horrific the Flyers have been on the PK, especially on the road.
Nevertheless, there is little chance Timonen will have any impact on the Flyers' playoff chances. There simply is not enough games left for him to be a factor.
fom Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
The Kimmo Timonen saga took a bizarre turn Thursday night with Flyers coach Craig Berube saying during his pre-game meeting with reporters that the former All-Star defenseman was returning to the team.
A little over an hour later, general manager Ron Hextall, who hinted Wednesday that things were “moving along” in a positive manner for the Timonen's return, said Berube was wrong.
“There’s no definitive decision on Kimmo coming back,” Hextall said.
He said he hoped to have a final answer later this weekend and that Timonen still had not been medically cleared to play.
“There’s still a process going on and quite frankly, since I last talked to you guys, it has not moved forward,” Hextall said. “It’s at the same spot.”
from Sarah Kwak of Sports Illustrated,
Still, his symptoms didn’t cause him much concern. Even when his friend diagnosed the blood clot in his calf, Timonen says he needed some persuading to undergo a chest scan. “I’m so glad he talked me into it,” he says.
The scan revealed clots in both of Timonen’s lungs. They had most likely broken off the one in his calf, traveled up through his blood stream and pumped through his heart before becoming lodged in the smaller vessels of the lungs. Such clots are known as pulmonary emboli. They prevent blood from circulating through the lungs, and in some circumstances, they can lead to death....
It’s a scary situation that has affected NHLers such Jed Ortmeyer (in 2006), Panthers winger Tomas Fleischmann (in 2011) and recently sidelined Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis in January and then again last month. Just this week, 38-year-old Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun announced his retirement after having missed much of the 2013-14 season with blood clots that nearly killed him. They were Vokoun's second brush with the affliction. He was diagnosed with one in his pelvis in 2006.
from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen will attempt to play during the 2014-15 season but admitted Thursday that the chances of that happening are "slim" due to blood clots that were found in his lower right leg and in both lungs in early August.
"My desire is I want to play but [the] chance of me playing is really slim," Timonen said. "That's the fact. But I'm ready to wait for that chance and see how I feel.
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has been diagnosed with blood clots in his lower right leg and in both lungs. Kimmo is currently being treated for this disorder back in his home country of Finland. His return to play is yet to be determined.
added 3:43pm, from Tyler Tynes of the Philadelphia Daily News,
“He was as shocked as anybody,” Hextall said today in a conference call. “I haven’t talked to him yet, I’ve reached out to him twice. He texted me. He seemed very frustrated, but I think we are happy for him and his three children that he’s doing fine.”...
Hextall said that this could be a “long term situation” and that he’s not going to pressure young prospects to fill his role this fall, but rather sign a veteran to the squad.
“I hate to even speculate,” Hextall said. “The best I can say is that it could be a long term thing. Can he play at some point next season? I don’t have the answer to that. I know he’s in stable condition and doing well.”
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 5-10, 194-lb D Kimmo Timonen to a one-year contract extension, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Timonen, 39 (3/18/1975), will return for his eighth season with the Flyers. He was acquired from the Nashville Predators along with Scott Hartnell in exchange for Nashville’s first-round pick in the 2007 Entry Draft (previously acquired, Nashville selected Jonathon Blum) on June 18, 2007.
“We can talk in a room as much as we want; once we go on the ice, everyone has to show up and do that. It comes from the 20 guys in this room to do it on the ice, not here. We can talk about the urgency, whatever great word you want to make up, but it has to happen there. For some reason we haven’t been able to do that. Like I said, it’s been two periods, 35 minutes, 30 minutes; maybe once or twice in these 21 games we’ve played a full 60 minutes so far.”
-Kimmo Timonen of the Philadelphia Flyers after losing to Toronto 4-2 last night. More from the Flyers by Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull.
via a Flyers PR release,
The Philadelphia Flyers have agreed to terms with D Kimmo Timonen on a one-year contract extension, according to general manager Paul Holmgren. The extension keeps Timonen with the Flyers through the 2013-14 season.
“We are pleased to announce that we have signed Kimmo Timonen to a one-year contract extension,” Holmgren said. “Kimmo’s presence on the ice for us and in our locker room is invaluable. We look forward to him continuing his all-around play for us.”
Reports are the contract is in the $6M range.
Philadelphia defenseman Kimmo Timonen discusses the game after today’s loss.
Referee Stephen Walcom on Kimmo Timonen of the Flyers.
Walcom received two for ....
Two overused hockey clichés, yes, but each applied to last night’s tilt between the Eastern Conference’s top two clubs, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
It was, without a doubt, a playoff-type atmosphere at the St. Pete Times Forum, in a back-and-forth, physical affair that resulted in the virtual tie of a shootout victory for Philadelphia.
And the statement that was made in Philly’s 4-3 win is that both of these clubs are for real, each a legitimate contender when the postseason hits, and that a playoff series between the two would be intensity at its best.
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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
At the time, Chris Kunitz’s flying hit on Kimmo Timonen early in the game looked like it had the potential to be a controversial part of the day’s proceedings. But by the end of the afternoon, no one seemed all that interested in making a big deal of it.
Kunitz flew into Timonen just behind the Flyers’ net in the first six minutes of the game, and the initial look suggested he had either hit or grazed Timonen’s head with his forearm or elbow….
“Man, it’s a hard hit,” Philadelphia coach John Stevens said. It was kind of an odd game. This Kunitz, he plays hard. Originally, I thought he left his feet. Now, I’m not sure if he left his feet or he just went in the air when he went through the hit.”
Some questions for Philadelphia Flyers coach John Stevens today.
Q. Can you talk about what Kimmo will mean not just on the ice, but off the ice in the room if he does come back and play on Sunday?
COACH STEVENS: Well, he’s a huge part of our team. I mean, through this year he’s progressed and in the playoffs he’s really taken his game to another level. I think just his presence around our team all year, he’s got deep respect by all his teammates. He just has composure all the time. I think that’s infectious on our team.
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen was diagnosed with a blood clot in his left ankle today. He will be out for the remainder of the playoffs.
The diagnosis was made at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Timonen said.
“I got hit with a shot in Game 4 against Montreal,” said Timonen, 33. “It’s been getting sorer and sorer every day. We thought we’d get it checked out because it didn’t get better and they found a blood clot.
added 8:35pm, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren answered some questions today from the media regarding Timonen…
added 9:12pm , Kimmo Timonen answers some questions and the answers are below.
from Mike Sielski of phillyBurbs,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin — two of the three most dynamic offensive forces in the NHL — playing on separate lines. So, the core question of this series was put to Trotz on Tuesday afternoon: If you were John Stevens, would you match Timonen against Crosby or Malkin?
“Wow,” Trotz, the head coach of Timonen’s former team, the Nashville Predators, said over his cell phone. “Which devil do you want to dance with? The Penguins will probably play Crosby with [Marian] Hossa, so I’d play him against them. ... The best way to answer is, whatever player whose game you think you need to take away most, that’s the guy to put Kimmo on. He can really take people’s games away from them.”