For eight years, Flyers fans were treated to the consistent defensive talent of Kimmo Timonen. He was a mainstay on the blue line, a warrior. He never missed a game unless he absolutely had to.
Which is what made last August so scary. Timonen had played through everything you could throw at the human body. But blood clots threatened his career.
Timonen knew. This was his one final chance at a Stanley Cup run.
It took until February before Timonen was cleared to play, though he never suited up for the Orange and Black again. Just a day before he was expected to make his return, Timonen was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for a second-round pick.
The Flyers used that pick to move up to draft Travis Konecny. Timonen only got the dream finish to a storied career, hoisting the Stanley Cup as a champion. It proved to be a win-win for both sides.
Both sides will honor Timonen on his retirement in a ceremony prior to the start of Wednesday's game between the Flyers and Blackhawks.