Thread: Player Discussion: Kimmo Timonen (and injury talk)
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05-04-2014, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by MickeyMelchiondo View Post
agreed, time to move along

fantastic?
no
he had some truly bad games late in the year
20GP, 4G, 12A, 16P, +5

Sure he had some bad games... but he overall was pretty darn good after the Olympics.

Of the options out there:

Niskanen
Markov

are the only better UFA options, and both will be $5.5 million or more. Boyle before the year I would have said was as well... but his decline has been marked as well, and he is not as good defensively while bringing equivalent offence.

Nikitin and Stralman would be ok... but they are not as good. (though Niktin had a nice end of the year from what I saw, after looking crap at the start.)

Losing Timonen makes the team worse next year tbh... there are no real viable replacements that make the team better or ~even.

Another year at least lets Ghost, Alt, Morin and Hägg get one year more development without 'having' to perform at NHL level. If Ghost then proves next year he can play right away in the NHL Kimmo gives him a chance to play less pressure minutes and have a chance to find his feet instead of having to contribute heavily straight away.

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