Kimmo Timonen D CHI 1 day ago

Timonen appears to be headed to the press box for Wednesday's Game 6 against the Ducks, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Blackhawks acquired Timonen at the trade deadline with the hope that he'd provide the team with some added scoring punch from the blue line, but he's been a total bust. While it didn't help matters that he missed the first five months of the season while recovering from blood clots, Timonen just hasn't rounded into shape the way the Blackhawks imagined. In his 31 games with Chicago spanning the regular season and playoffs, Timonen has yet to record a single point and has become a defensive liability on the back end. With the Blackhawks facing elimination, it looks like Quenneville will make the tough choice to bench the accomplished veteran and turn to David Rundblad on the defensive pairing next to Brent Seabrook.

Kimmo Timonen D CHI 1 month ago

Timonen (upper body) is expected to play in Wednesday's playoff opener against the Predators, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports.

Timonen was able to return to practice Monday after sitting out the Blackhawks' final three regular-season contests due to the injury. The time off to recover should have him feeling refreshed heading into the playoffs, but it's difficult to have much enthusiasm about his prospects. He's been unable to tally a point in his 16 games with the Blackhawks, while putting only 10 shots on goal in the process. That lack of production will likely result in him seeing limited minutes throughout the first round.

Kimmo Timonen D CHI 1 month ago

Timonen (upper body) returned to practice Monday, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports.

The Blackhawks held Timonen out of their final three regular-season games due to the injury, but the team never seemed concerned about him missing any action during the playoffs. While Timonen hasn't officially been declared ready to go for Wednesday's postseason opener, his participation on a regular pairing with Michal Rozsival suggests that will be the case. The Blackhawks are hoping the time off late in the season will have Timonen refreshed and ready to produce in the playoffs, as he was an extreme disappointment in the 16 games he did play in following his Feb. 27 acquisition from the Flyers. Timonen failed to register a single point and averaged only 11:59 of ice time.

Kimmo Timonen D CHI 2 months ago

Timonen (upper body) isn't traveling with the Blackhawks for their final two games of the regular season, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Timonen will sit out against the Blues on Thursday and Avalanche on Saturday, and finish his regular season with no points and a minus-3 rating in 16 games for the Blackhawks. After missing most of the season due to blood clots in his lungs and leg, Timonen made virtually no impact for the Blackhawks before this latest injury set in. The team is hoping that some added time to recuperate from the injury will have Timonen operating at full speed for their first game of the postseason.

Kimmo Timonen D CHI 2 months ago

Timonen (upper body) won't play Tuesday against the Wild.

With Timonen out, David Rundblad is slated to re-join the Hawks' blue line corps for Tuesday night's contest.

Kimmo Timonen D CHI 2 months ago

Timonen (unspecified injury) will not return to Sunday's game against the Blues, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Entering Sunday's action, Timonen had not recorded a point in 15 games since joining Chicago via a trade back in February. Consider the veteran blueliner day-to-day for now.

Kimmo Timonen D CHI 2 months ago

Timonen is being moved into the Blackhawks' system since being acquired from the Flyers before the trade deadline, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The Blackhawks are taking their time with Timonen -- who missed the previous 10 months with a leg injury -- so he is ready for the Stanley Cup playoffs. Timonen had a little more than 13 minutes of ice time on Saturday in the Hawks' 4-0 loss to the Stars. His ice time has increased recently, but he did have a season-low 7:30 ice time on Wednesday against the Rangers. "His movement seems to be picking up, and I think that complements his game because he anticipates the right way, and that positional awareness defensively puts him in the right spots," Hawks' coach Joel Quenneville said. "Getting there sooner and quicker gives him more effectiveness to his game, and I see some progression in that area."

Kimmo Timonen D CHI 3 months ago

Timonen (leg) will be on the ice for the first time as a Blackhawk on Monday against the Hurricanes and it will also be his first time skating since April 30, 2014, CSN Chicago reports.

Timonen practiced on Sunday after being acquired by the Blackhawks from the Flyers on Friday for two draft picks. It'll be Timonen's first game since last April blood clots discovered in his leg and lungs last summer cost Timonen all of this season up to this point. Timonen is expected to be rusty for the first few games, but the Blackhawks are hoping that he sparks the back-end of the team's defense for the rest of the regular season and the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Kimmo Timonen D CHI 3 months ago

Timonen (blood clots) will join the Blackhawks on Sunday and participate in practice, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Friday's surprise deal that sent Timonen to the Blackhawks for two draft picks will delay his season debut a bit, but after getting in a skate with his new team, he should be ready to the play Monday against the Hurricanes. It remains to be seen where exactly coach Joel Quenneville will slot the 39-year-old in his lineup, but the expectation is that he'll pair up with one of the Blackhawks' top two blueliners, Duncan Keith or Brent Seabrook.

Kimmo Timonen D CHI 3 months ago

Timonen (blood clots in leg) was traded to the Blackhawks on Friday for a 2015 second-round draft pick and a 2016 conditional draft pick, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Flyers made no secret of their desire to trade away Timonen to a contending club in what will be his final NHL season, but it was thought that he'd receive at least a one-game audition Saturday before a team acquired him. Instead, the Blackhawks, who were apparently convinced by the reports from the Flyers about the blueliner's health following his season-long bout with blood clots, decided to swoop in with the surprise acquisition. Coach Joel Quenneville has repeatedly tinkered with his defensive pairings for the last several games, and the addition of Timonen should add yet another interesting wrinkle to those plans. Even as he nears age 40, Timonen still offers plenty of offensive upside on the blue line, and makes for a strong speculative pickup based on his new surroundings. Expect him to make his season and team debut Monday against the Hurricanes.