Timonen and Iguodala: Watching familiar faces win
JUN 19, 10:38a ET | The Sports Fan Journal
Rotowire: Jun 16 / 4:22p ET
News: Timonen was the first Blackhawk to be handed the Stanley Cup by captain Jonathan Toews following Monday's Game 6 victory over Tampa Bay, and he confirmed his retirement following the game, ESPN reports.
Impact: Timonen went without a point in 34 games (16 in the regular season, 18 in the playoffs) after being acquired by Chicago, so he clearly didn't have much fuel left in the tank. Thus, after winning his first Stanley Cup in a career that's spanned parts of three decades, Timonen said "that's it" on Monday, closing the books on a 15-year span during which he played in 1,108 games, recording 117 goals and 454 assists.
Rotowire: Jun 10 / 9:32a ET
News: Timonen will be back in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 4 against the Lightning, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The much-maligned Timonen will enter back in for Kyle Cumiskey, who played less than eight minutes in each of the first three games of the series. Timonen couldn't be trusted to see much ice time prior to being banished to the press box following Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, but even in a limited role, coach Joel Quenneville seems to believe the 40-year-old might represent an upgrade over Cumiskey. Timonen has been held without a point in his first 31 games (including playoffs) with the Blackhawks.
Rotowire: May 27 / 9:35a ET
News: Timonen appears to be headed to the press box for Wednesday's Game 6 against the Ducks, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Impact: 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.