At the age of 39, defenseman Kimmo Timonen hasn’t played a game all season. That’s due to a blood clot, but he’s been skating and will now join the Chicago Blackhawks after being traded out of Philadelphia on Friday.
While the Blackhawks lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the same evening, they’re still in a prime position to make the playoffs. And they’re only two years removed from a Stanley Cup. A championship is the one driving force right now for Timonen.
“Last summer, when I got sick and I was back in Finland in a hospital bed, they said you have to wait six months and see what happens,” said Timonen, as per the Chicago Sun-Times.
“If that small chance [of returning] happened, the only thing I’m missing from my hockey career is a Stanley Cup. That was the only goal if I returned to hockey. It wasn’t money, it wasn’t anything else.”
In exchange for Timonen, the Flyers, 10th in the Eastern Conference and six points out of a playoff spot, get a second round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional draft pick in 2016.
“The return, I think, is a fair return. I think it’s fair for Chicago, I think it’s fair for us. There’s a lot of upside to this deal for them,” said Flyers GM Ron Hextall, as per CSN Philadelphia.
“In the end, they may have underpaid by a longshot for this deal. There’s some risks, obviously, on their side — he hasn’t played all year. But there’s so much upside as well.”
Jaroslav Halak has made history for the New York Islanders.
In a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames, Halak recorded his 33rd win of the season, earning him the Islanders’ single-season record. He made 26 saves, beaten once with 21 seconds remaining in regulation.
As per NHL.com, Halak moves past other Islanders goalies Rick DiPietro, Chris Osgood and Billy Smith for the record.
Meanwhile, the Flames took yet another hit to their playoff hopes in the Western Conference. They entered Friday’s game sitting ninth in the conference and fourth in the Pacific Division.
They were also without their top blue liner Mark Giordano, who has an undisclosed injury. Even though it was initially expected he wouldn’t play, Giordano actually took the pre-game skate but was eventually scratched from the lineup.
It was a memorable individual moment, and an important one for the Boston Bruins.
Bruins forward Ryan Spooner, playing in his 35th career NHL game, finally scored his first career NHL goal. And it turned out to be the overtime winner, as the Bruins defeated the New Jersey Devils by a final score of 3-2, after letting go of a two-goal lead early in the third period.
Spooner, selected by the Bruins in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft, snapped a wrist shot that beat Cory Schneider. The win gives Boston a four-point lead over the Florida Panthers for the final Wild Card spot in the East.
The Tampa Bay Lightning opened the scoring against the Chicago Blackhawks, with Brian Boyle recording his 13th goal of the season. Tip of the cap goes to 19-year-old rookie Jonathan Drouin, who made it happen with a sweet no-look backhand pass from behind the net to Boyle, who was somehow left wide open in front.
That’s Drouin’s 23rd assist of the season.
There have been a number of big deals in the last few days across the National Hockey League, as general managers inch closer to Monday’s trade deadline.
The Chicago Blackhawks were the latest to make a splash, acquiring 39-year-old defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday.
And it appears the Blackhawks, having just lost Patrick Kane for 12 weeks after he underwent surgery for a fractured left clavicle, are not quite done trying to make a deal, this time for a forward.
“We’re not done making calls. It’s been a long day today. I’m sure it will be tomorrow and the next couple of days. You can’t predict where it’ll go; it takes two sides to make a deal but we’re going to keep trying,” said Blackhawks’ GM Stan Bowman, as per CSN Chicago.
“We’re looking for a forward. Hopefully it works out but if not we’ll go with what we’ve got.”