Blackhawks acquire Timonen from Flyers for picks
The Chicago Blackhawks traded for veteran defenceman Kimmo Timonen Friday, sending two draft picks to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange. (QMI Agency file photo)
The Chicago Blackhawks acquired 39-year-old defenceman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers Friday in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 draft and a conditional fourth-rounder in the 2016 draft.
Timonen, who was diagnosed with blood clots last summer and has missed the entire season due to the condition, was recently cleared to play and has been preparing for a return to the ice for the past several weeks.
Last year with the Flyers, he scored six goals while registering 35 points in 77 regular-season games. Timonen, who has a one-year, $2 million contract, was expected to suit up for the first time with the Flyers on Saturday, signaling he is healthy and fit.
The Kuopio, Finland, native ranks third among active NHL defencemen with 571 points in 1,092 career NHL games across 15 seasons with Philadelphia and Nashville, in addition to 35 points in 87 career Stanley Cup playoff appearances. Timonen, considered an elite defenceman in his prime, also appeared in four NHL All-Star Games.
The Blackhawks were desperate for help on the back end after placing top-four defenceman Johnny Oduya on injured reserve Friday.
Chicago is also rumored to be seeking first-line forward help by Monday's trade deadline with right winger Patrick Kane sidelined 12 weeks with a broken clavicle.