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Seasoned defenseman Kimmo Timonen dealt to Blackhawks

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:51:50 +0000

Nikko Villanueva - 4E Sports Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) - The Philadelphia Flyers traded veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a 2015 second round draft pick and a conditional draft pick in 2016.

"We've been working on this one for a while. He was the defenseman we really wanted. He's been a high-level defenseman for a long time," Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman told the Chicago Tribune.

The 39-year-old, yet to play this season, has been preparing for his return since being diagnosed with blood clots August.

Timonen said after the trade that winning the Stanley Cup is the only goal since this will be his last season and believes joining Chicago is the "right move."

In 1,079 games played in the NHL for the Flyers and Nashville Predators, Timonen has 571 points (117 goals and 454 assists).

"He is going to give up a lot of options, versatility and leadership," Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville stated.

Quenneville believes Timonen's experience playing in the conference will benefit Chicago and said he plans to play him as soon as possible.

Timonen will practice with the Blackhawks Sunday and hopes he could join them against the Carolina Hurricanes Monday.

"It's going to take a few games but I'm sure I can help the team when I get into top shape," Timonen said.

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