It almost didn’t happen.
Leg and lung blood clots almost ended Kimmo Timonen’s career before he was ready. While we all knew this season would probably be his last, we didn’t expect a serious health scare to almost eliminate him having a final season on his own terms. Now things are starting to come together and it is looking like Saturday will mark the beginning of Kimmo’s farewell tour.
Kimmo even said himself that next season is not an option. So this is really it.
There is just one lingering question that remains: Is Saturday enough to spark some interest for teams who are looking to add a final piece to begin a run at the Cup? We of course won’t be able to answer this until the deadline passes on Monday.
But one thing is for certain. If Kimmo is not traded, we have at most 20 more games to enjoy this perfect Finn’s career.
He gave us ASG appearances, blocked shots, Olympic medals (for his home country of Finland of course), power play control, leadership, the best dry humor, sacrifice, and heart and dedication. I think we can safely say that Kimmo Timonen will go down as one of the best defensemen in Flyers history.
Personally I am crossing my fingers for a trade. This may seem crazy because I am such a huge Flyers fan and love Kimmo playing for my favorite team. But Kimmo is a guy that you absolutely want to see win a Stanley Cup. Ask fans around the league and they will tell you how much they like him. It seems impossible to dislike him.
Whatever happens, I am going to enjoy every single game that Kimmo plays in. It doesn’t matter to me how effective he can be or how awful this Flyers team is.
It is hard to describe what a favorite player can mean to you. No one will every replace Kimmo Timonen as my favorite Flyer of all time. He will always be my guy. I got to see him play for the Flyers my 4 years of high school as I grew and changed as a person, and now I am about to be graduating college and he is still a huge part of me. Sound weird? Think of your favorite player of all time: Lindros, Modano, Selanne, whoever. I’m sure he means the same thing to you.
So let it begin. Kimmo Timonen’s career is almost over. We can finally say that for a fact. And it is so nice for him to get this mini farewell tour after almost having his season end without his discretion.
I urge you all to take this all in. We may have just one more game of Kimmo Timonen as a Philadelphia Flyer, but we also might have one more push for a Stanley Cup for Kimmo.
Here’s to him! I know he will make us all proud and already has with his determination to return. Kimmo is a special type of player that does not come around very often. Enjoying the little bit of his career that he has left is going to bring on countless emotions. But I am ecstatic beyond belief to get it started.
**preps tissues, shirsey, and jersey for Saturday’s game**
Go Kimmo Go!