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The Flyers made veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen a healthy scratch on Saturday.

It was a good move by the Flyers as the 39-year-old blueliner has had a long season which included playing in the Olympics. Timonen may also sit on Sunday as he gets ready for the post-season. He had only five points in his first 27 games but had 14 in his last 18 before the weekend as he now has five goals and 33 points.

Kimmo Timonen D PHI 4 Months

Kimmo Timonen managed to bounce back from a slow start this season.

We were a little over a month into the season before Timonen even recorded his first point and he had five points in his first 27 contests. By comparison, he has 14 points in 18 games since the Olympic break. "I think he's a lot like the whole team," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "I think he's gotten better and better as the year went on. I think he was rejuvenated at the Olympics, going there. His team did well. He believes in his hockey team." It makes you wonder what the future might hold for Timonen, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. If he decides against retirement, the 39-year-old defenseman might be worth grabbing as a last-round gamble in standard league drafts in 2014-15.

Kimmo Timonen D PHI 4 Months

Kimmo Timonen (face) is good to return Thursday.

Timonen missed Tuesday's game after being struck in the face by the puck on Sunday. He has five goals and 32 points in 71 games this season.

Kimmo Timonen D PHI 4 Months

Kimmo Timonen has sustained a facial injury and won't play Tuesday.

Timonen was struck in the face by the puck on Sunday. Fortunately, he didn't suffer any facial fractures and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that he'll be fine. Consider him day-to-day for now.

Kimmo Timonen D PHI 4 Months

Kimmo Timonen had a goal and an assist Sunday in the Flyers 4-3 shootout loss to Boston.

Timonen has five goals and 32 points this season including a goal and four points in his last two games. The Finnish blueliner has been hot since returning from the Sochi Olympics where he won a bronze medal as he has three goals and 13 points in 14 games. He definitely has earned a spot on someone's fantasy roster with his offensive play of late.

Kimmo Timonen D PHI 4 Months

Kimmo Timonen has been hot since winning a bronze medal with Finland during the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Timonen has two goals and eight points in seven games, giving him 27 points in 64 contests this season. He toying with the idea of retiring this summer, but he should be able to get a new NHL contract if he decides that he wants to extend his career.

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Kimmo Timonen hasn't decided if he'll extend his career beyond the 2013-14 campaign.

Timonen will become an unrestricted free agent this season. He will turn 39 on March 18, but he hasn't won the Stanley Cup and if he extends his career, it will probably be out of a desire to accomplish that feat. "That's why I'm still here," he said. "It keeps you motivated every night, thinking about that I still have a chance to get it. Hopefully it's this year. These next 18 games are really huge for me and our team to get into the playoffs. Anything's possible. That's my opinion. . It doesn't matter how many points you got during the regular season. We have to get in [the playoffs], then anything's possible." Timonen's offensive production has dropped off this season, but he's still good enough to land another NHL contract if he decides to continue his career.

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Kimmo Timonen lit the lamp twice in the Flyers' 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Timonen's goals were his first since Dec. 9 and just his fourth of the season, and he now has 26 points. Brayden Coburn had the other marker, while Jakub Voracek chipped in with two helpers.

Kimmo Timonen D PHI 5 Months

Kimmo Timonen will take the night off Thursday, but coach Craig Berube said he'll be back in the lineup on Saturday.

He rejoined the Flyers for practice on Wednesday for the first time since returning from the Olympics. The 38-year-old defender has had trouble sleeping since he got back from Sochi, so he'll get some extra rest.

Kimmo Timonen D PHI 5 Months

Kimmo Timonen thinks the Flyers should take a page from Finland's bronze medal winning run in the 2014 Winter Games.

"If we play as a team, I really believe we have a good chance," Timonen said. "The way we ended before the break with goalie playing really well and playing as a team, we have a good chance. It takes everybody. The way we played on Finland was as a team, and we didn't have any big stars other than [Teemu] Selanne. You play as a team with a good goalie, anything is possible." Finland also managed to overcome a number of significant injuries. The Flyers wrapped up their pre-Olympic schedule with a four-game winning streak and consequently have a three-point cushion in their battle for a playoff spot.