When the Flyers pulled the trigger on a trade that sent Kimmo Timonen to the Chicago Blackhawks, there were two things that stood out. For one, Timonen never got to play for the Flyers this season but what was more important was the favor the Flyers were doing for Timonen. He had a chance to go to a Stanley Cup contender.
Ron Hextall delivered on Timonen's request. He wanted to play. He wanted his chance.
The veteran defenseman, essentially making his farewell tour in the NHL, did not get the playing time he once did as a top defenseman in the NHL, but he did get the dream ending to his career.
Timonen, 40 years old and ready to give up playing the game he loved so much, hoisted the Stanley Cup on Monday night after Chicago’s 2-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6, concluding the most trying time in his career with the ultimate prize.