The Chicago Blackhawks scored three goals in less than four minutes during the 2nd period to help surge past Anaheim 5-2 Wednesday, setting up a game 7 on Saturday. They did it without the services of Kimmo Timonen, who was a healthy scratch for the first time during the postseason.
Ron Hextall showed his commitment to the re-tool when he dealt the defenseman to Chicago on February 27th, when the Flyers still had a chance at a playoff spot. This was more than a week before the Daniel Paille trip in Boston, where the Bruins would go on to win in OT for a crippling blow to Philly’s playoff chances. Hexy also sent Braydon Coburn to Tampa during the first hours of deadline day March 2nd in an equally impressive deal. (Radko Gudas (D), 1st round pick (2015), 3rd round pick (2015)
Hextall hauled in more for a 40 year old defenseman who hadn’t played a single shift all season than a defenseman like Jeff Petry who played over 22 meaningful minutes a game in the playoffs with the Canadiens:
Flyers traded Kimmo Timonen to the Blackhawks for a 2nd round pick (2015) and a conditional 4th round pick (3rd for now, 2016)
Oilers traded Jeff Petry to the Canadiens for a 2nd round pick (2015) and a conditional 5th round pick (2015)
Kimmo Timonen hasn’t been able to adjust to the pace of the NHL since his return, either because of old age or his injury, or both.
In 31 regular and postseason games with the Blackhawks, Timonen has registered 0 points. Joel Quenneville hasn’t trusted him either, as his average of 11:59 TOI during the season has dipped to 9:26 during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. That number is inflated too with the number of multi-overtime games Chicago has played in the spring. Kimmo has played less than nine minutes eight times and less than seven minutes half of those times.
It’s been painful to watch him struggle on the ice this postseason, and it would be a shame if Timmo went out in the pressbox for a Game 7 defeat.
The Flyers conditional 3rd round pick goes up to a 2nd if the Blackhawks can make it to the Stanley Cup Finals.