I think that hands down Kimmo Timonen is my favorite Flyer, and I’m not really that sure why. I’ve been a fan since the Lindros days, but I didn’t really start religiously following hockey until my first year of college. That’s where my addiction began, and when I started watching the games with the current roster my favoritism for Timonen began. I’ve always been a a fan of defensemen, probably because when I played sports this was the position I took. So as a fellow defensemen, I favored the Flyers defensemen. I quickly learned that the Flyers have some issues with their defensive play, but Timonen has always been the leader in this aspect, which I guess really explains why he’s my favorite Flyer.
Timonen is one of the few veteran players that are still on the Flyers roster, since now the team consists of young-ins (most of which are younger than myself and have their life together already). Due to his status as a seasoned hockey player, Timonen is a force to be reckoned with on the ice and is the best defensemen the Flyers have on their current roster. This fact was proved in the Flyers last game against the New York Islanders last Thursday night when Timonen made his 500th career assist. He’s the 6th current defensemen to achieve this goal, and we already know that Timonen is a key asset to this team since he’s an alternative captain.
A few years ago I heard a rumor that Timonen was considering retiring after his two-year contract was up in 2013, which may cause problems for the flyers when and if this happens. Timonen has been an active player in the NHL for the past 13 years, but he is also trying to see if he can play in the 2014 Olympics for his homeland of Finland. Reportedly if he does make it into the olympics he’d want to do it as a NHL player, and most importantly a Philadelphia Flyer.
So Timonen has a few more seasons left in him, which the Flyers really need, but they also need to consider how if his impending retirement of one of their seasoned players will negatively effect the team as a whole. Timonen also co-owns a team in Finland with former Flyers Sami Kapanen, so when he does retire he won’t be out of the game of hockey.