It took 1,213 regular season and playoff games, but Kimmo Timonen has hung up his skates as a Stanley Cup champion. That fact hasn’t sunk in yet, but he’ll have time to reflect and soak it all in over the summer. Plus he’s owed a day with the Cup.
What the future holds for Timonen beyond that remains to be seen. Flyers GM Ron Hextall has already made it known that he wants to talk to the 40-year-old defenseman about the possibility of returning to the Flyers’ organization in a non-playing capacity.
“That might be something,” Timonen told CSN Philly. “Obviously, I’m going to move back to Philly and stay there for a couple of more years, at least. Obviously, the Flyers have a special place in my heart. I had a great eight years there and they have a really great organization.
“So if we can find something that can benefit both sides, obviously, I would be interested. I’ll talk to Hexy when I get home and see what happens. I have no plans, really. I’m going to take my time. It’s been a crazy 25, 30 years, so I want to take my time and really see what my next move [is].”
Timonen played in 519 regular games with the Flyers and recorded at least 35 points in six of his first seven campaigns with them. He wasn’t able to open the 2014-15 campaign with Philadelphia due to blood clots and before he was able to make his season debut, he was traded to Chicago for a 2015 second round pick and a 2016 conditional round pick that became another second rounder thanks to the Blackhawks’ success.