Last night was an emotional one for residents of Chicago as the Blackhawks lifted the Stanley Cup, but it was also emotional for Flyers fans. At last, former Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen lifted the coveted prize after seventeen years when The Blackhawks edged the Lightning, 2-0, bringing them their third cup in six years.
He may have played under four minutes, but in his final NHL moments, The 40-year-old will have played as a champion.
But now the question is, will he return to Philadelphia in a staff role? Timonen has said in interviews that he will be in talks with Big Sexy regarding a position within the organisation very soon. Despite admitting he doesn’t desire a coaching role, a job in the front office is more than possible.
We all know the Flyers organization will welcome him back with open arms. He’s a Flyer..forever
Things took a very interesting turn recently however when GM Ron Hextall spoke to CSN’s “Breakfast on Broad” program. “I haven’t talked to him about it,” “That’s one of those things — I don’t believe you talk to players until they’re done. So once he gets back here, we’ll sit down and talk. And we’ll see which direction it goes.”
Timonen spent eight of his NHL years with the Flyers before Hextall traded him for one final shot at the Cup in exchange for two second round picks. A shot that the veteran relished.
A fairytale ending, to a storied career that embodies everything we love about Hockey.