Future of Kimmo Timonen
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05-09-2012, 09:00 PM
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Sam Donnellon: Was this Timonen's swan song?
Not sure if this was posted elsewhere but a sobering read. Looks like he will assess things and decide but I think he comes back for his last year. Timonen is one of my favorite players all time...has a lot of integrity and plays his heart out and the bashing of him at times troubles me....he deserves more respect.
HE FINISHED another postseason looking again like an old action figure, his limbs long misshapen from too much bending and wear, his effectiveness frayed by too many hits, too much dependence, too many years of doing this.
Kimmo Timonen ends his latest postseason at 37 years old, a year left on his contract, the tread on his tires visibly worn. You have loved the guy for his smarts and for his fight, for being a guy who will play with a bad back, a bad knee, a bad shoulder, and still find a way to impact a game. But he is 37, and the bendable parts aren't bending much anymore.
"I'm running out of time, to be honest,"
he said after the Flyers were eliminated, 3-1, by the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night. It was a sentiment he expressed at the end of last year's aborted run as well.
"After the Pittsburgh series I really thought this was our chance," Timonen said. "Look at the teams that were out. Look at the teams that were in. I thought every team that was still in was beatable."
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