VOORHEES, N.J. - Kimmo Timonen has been doing a lot of thinking. Heck, his internal conversations with himself have gone back to last summer.
And the result of all of those quiet talks in his head is one ever-growing notion that next season, very likely, will be his last in the NHL.
“To be honest, I’m going into the summer thinking this might be my last year,” Timonen said Thursday after a workout at Flyers Skate Zone. “The mindset I have right now is that I just want to enjoy every moment next year because that could be it. It makes me excited. It’s one of those things when you feel like this could be it. You want to enjoy your time.
“I’m not saying this is 100 percent my last year, but it could be. It’s definitely pretty close to the end. I’ve tried to enjoy every moment and I want to come to camp in really good shape so I can play a lot of games and a lot of minutes and really try to enjoy next season.”
Yes, he missed the last few games of the season with a broken bone in his foot, but that was six weeks ago. He has healed now and he feels great.
“It was a broken bone [in my foot] from a blocked shot,” Timonen said. “Two weeks earlier we noticed it. I tried to play through it but it was getting to the point where it was really sore after the games, but sometimes that happens when you block shots.
“I’m actually 100 percent. A good example is I played tennis yesterday. If you have a broken leg you can’t play tennis. So it’s good. My back feels great [too] and I’m really excited to go into the summer healthy and get ready for next year.”
lets hope "might" is the operative word in his statement. I'd probably be down offering him 6 every year just to keep him playing for us, although, I do hope we trade him too, so that he can win a cup.
Timonen said in Finnish TV interview that next season might not be his last. If he stays healthy, gets ice time and plays good hockey he may play one more season. But won't sign a contract before next summer.
Flyers have hinted a job for him after retirement but Timonen haven't done decision staying in NA after the career or moving back to Finland.
He was excited about Olympics which would be his fifth(!) Olympic tournament and that would be great way to end national team career.
I would love to have him back next year depending on his play of course. We all have seen he has lost a step and injuries can catch up extremely quickly, especially on an aging vet. If Kimmo comes out blazing, and finishes strong as well, I would be glad to get him back here.
Also if he does come back, I would love to know how much he would be willing to except? Mark Streit would then be our most expensive defender at 6.25 million(salary). Flyers made it so this year he was still our highest paid defender. I wonder if that stays the same if he does return. Also, I wonder if he would look to play elsewhere as well, giving himself the best chance at a cup that he can.