With Kimmo Timonen watching from the sidelines and David Rundblad skating in his place, Chicago advanced to the Stanley Cup final. Regardless of his impact on the Blackhawks’ run to the final, however, the trade that sent Timonen to the Windy City has landed his former team, the Philadelphia Flyers, two second-round draft picks.
Chicago acquired Timonen, 40, from Philadelphia at the trade deadline in hopes the veteran blueliner would help solidify what had been a shaky defense corps throughout the regular season. The plan, at least early in the post-season, was to use Timonen alongside one of the more steady Chicago defenders, such as Brent Seabrook, in hopes that he would be able to find his legs in the post-season and make an impact for the Blackhawks.
Unfortunately for both the Blackhawks and Timonen, he has yet been able to really make his mark with the club. In 31 games with Chicago has yet to register a single point while averaging less than 12 minutes in the regular season and less than 9:30 in the playoffs.
Before joining Chicago, Timonen had missed the entire regular season with blood clots in his legs, but he was coming off of a 2013-14 campaign in which he notched six goals and 35 points in 77 games while logging more than 20 minutes per game on the Philadelphia blueline.
Timonen is a veteran of more than 1,100 regular season contests, but this season with the Blackhawks marks only the second time in his career that he has made it this deep in the post-season. The only other time Timonen’s club made it to the final was in the 2009-10 season when, coincidentally, his Flyers faced off against the Blackhawks. Chicago won the series, and the Stanley Cup, in six games.
Whether the Blackhawks win or lose the Stanley Cup this season, Timonen announced he will be retiring once the season ends. In his 16 seasons in the NHL, Timonen amassed 117 goals and 571 points.