Mar 30, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen (44) scores a goal against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during the first period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers Rink Rats: Kimmo Timonen Update

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Has training camp started yet? As we inch closer to the beginning of hockey season, some of the more fun and interesting stories pop up. Below is an update on Kimmo Timonen, a former Flyer comes back to the NHL and the new location of the NHL Combine.

 

Bill Meltzer has given an update on Kimmo Timonen.

“I have to put life ahead of sports right now.” -Kimmo Timonen

The last we heard of Kimmo Timonen, doctors had diagnosed him with blood clots in his right leg and both lungs. Timonen has since been released from a Finnish hospital and is continuing treatment.

Regardless if he can play or not, Timonen should hang up the skates and retire. Blood clots are no joke and Timonen has nothing left to prove on the ice. The prized Stanley Cup was all that kept him going and it is heartbreaking to see his career end without a ring on his finger. It would not be surprising at all if the Flyers offered Timonen a scouting job to keep him in the organization. Several former Flyers, such as Antero Niittymaki, Mark Greig and Ilkka Sinisalo, have become scouts after their playing days are over.

Michael Leighton has signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. Please join me in a moment of irony.

As much as some fans continue to rag on Michael Leighton, I still appreciate everything he did for the team during the 2010 playoff run. The Flyers do not make it to the Stanley Cup Final without Leighton. Although he could have played better in the Final, he did provide some fantastic moments.

The First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y., will host the 2015 and 2016 NHL Combine.

The NHL scouts are in for a treat in 2015. Prospects Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel are the consensus no. 1 and 2 picks in next year’s draft. GMs, scouts and owners will probably be drooling at the mere thought of having either of those two players on their team.

 

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