Archive for Kimmo Timonen

Quote: Not Playing Like the Top Team in the East

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on April 2, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

“We keep talking about being the top team in the league, but we haven’t played that way.  We have to get our game in order.”

– Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen, after the 4-2 loss to New Jersey on Friday night.

…Kimmo Timonen sounds like a beat-up, frustrated old man in these post-game interviews lately.  I feel like we’ve seen the Flyers consistently talk about how they want to be the best, but as Timonen says in this quote, they aren’t showing it on the ice.  The pieces are there for them to be one of the top teams in this league – and certainly the top team in the East – but for whatever reason, the Flyers seem to not be able to get it together right now.

They desperately need to find that spark before the playoffs roll around because they are going to end up stumbling into the postseason while a lower seeded team like New York, Buffalo, or even Carolina will come into the playoffs on a high.  We all know how that worked in the Flyers’ favor last year – karma could get them this time around if they don’t get it together as soon as their next game, against, of course, those New York Rangers.

Laviolette Downplays Leadership Issues

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , on April 2, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

FLYERS COACH DOWNPLAYS LEADERSHIP ISSUES

…There’s no doubt in my mind the Flyers miss Chris Pronger and Jody Shelley on a consistent basis in that locker room.  When their both back, maybe the team’s in-game focus will increase, but it seems to me like veterans Mike Richards, Kimmo Timonen, and Danny Briere aren’t having as much effect as Pronger and Shelley clearly did earlier in the season.

I’ve said time and time again: Chris Pronger is the Flyer the team can LEAST afford to lose, and, unfortunately, my point is being very much proven over these last few games.


Updates: Blue Line Blues on Goal Scoring Front

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Lost in the coverage of the Flyers’ lack of offensive output from their forwards thusfar this season has been the fact that the men manning the blue line haven’t exactly been depositing the puck into the back of the net.

Actually, come to think of it, they haven’t put a single puck in the net thus far this season.

Matt Carle is a member of a Flyers defensive unit that is goal-less this season

Obviously, with a group back there consisting of Chris Pronger, Kimmo Timonen, Matt Carle, Braydon Coburn, Sean O’Donnell, and Andrej Meszaros, I think that may people – myself included – certainly feel that this unit should be producing far more than they have so far.  Instead, that hasn’t happened, and entering action last night only the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings hadn’t had a goal this season from a defenseman.  A big way to get the defensemen involved is to convert powerplay opportunities – another aspect that the Flyers have struggled with this season.  They have been “too pretty” with the man advantage – passing the puck around until they can pass it no longer – and not just taking the old fashioned approach and feeding it to a defenseman for a rip from the point.  Hopefully, that technique will change tonight, and a defenseman will score against Pittsburgh.  For the record, I think the slump on the blue-line stops tonight against Pittsburgh, and Matt Carle is the goal scorer.

Frank Seravalli has taken note of this issue as well, and has an article on the topic here: FLYERS DEFENSEMEN NEED TO CHIP IN WITH SCORING

Updates: The Flyers Do More than Play Hockey (Apparently)

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

The Flyers official website did a pretty cool segment earlier this month highlighting some of the Flyers players and their off-season activities.

Richards, ex-Flyer Joffrey Lupul, and Carter take in an Eagles game

They gave the fans an inside look at what some of the guys did in what was otherwise a severely shortened summer thanks to the long playoff run.

Among those Flyers highlighted in “Summer Stories” are captain Mike Richards, Kimmo Timonen, Claude Giroux, James van Riemsdyk, and Matt Carle.  I recommend the articles if only because they present a good activity to kill the time tonight before the Flyers open their preseason slate against the New Jersey Devils.

Joe Siville, of philadelphiaflyers.com, has more here: SUMMER STORIES

Training Camp: Philly Feels Like Home for Walker

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

When Matt Walker was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers this summer, he was one of the few people associated with the Philadelphia area excited about his arrival.

You see, Matt Walker was what the Flyers got in exchange when they traded Simon Gagne to the Tampa Bay Lightning.  They received a fourth round pick as well, but Walker is the only able body that can appear in a Flyers uniform at the moment.

If Matt Walker does this to Sidney Crosby, Flyers fans will love him

Frank Seravalli, of the Daily News, has more on Walker’s beginnings as a Flyer today in both the print and online form of the paper.  After reading Seravalli’s article, maybe there’s reason to give Walker a chance with the Flyers.  First and foremost, Seravalli compares Walker to the “defensive version of Ian Laperriere”.  Is he even allowed to do that?  With the soft spot that all Flyers fans now have with Lappy, being compared to #14 means that Walker now has a lot to live up to.

Still, Seravalli points out that in coming to Philadelphia, Matt Walker feels like he is coming home.  The 6’2” 230+ pound defenseman who makes a living blocking shots as opposed to taking them told the Flyers beat writer, “I’ve been watching them [the Flyers] ever since I was a kid.  [Tough hockey] has always been their reputation, so I’ve always had a little bit of a soft spot for them.”  Walker goes on to say that he was “pretty excited” when he found out he had been traded to the Flyers in the off-season.

While Walker is excited to be here, it’s hard for me to believe he’s going to be playing all that much once this season moves from the “Pre” variety.  The Flyers have a solid set of six proven and skilled defensemen in Chris Pronger, Sean O’Donnell, Braydon Coburn, Kimmo Timonen, Matt Carle, and Andrej Meszaros.  After that, Walker and Oskars Bartulis are left to compete for the 7th and 8th slots, which actually aren’t as much slots as they are seats in the press box.  Still, Walker is a cap hit of over a million dollars this season, so it’s difficult to fathom that the Flyers would dump that salary to the Adirondacks and have him play for the Phantoms.

Depth, especially defensively, is always a good thing.  But it’s hard for me to believe that Walker will be among the top six for the Flyers on the blue-line if the aforementioned six defensemen are all healthy.  With that being said, if Chris Pronger’s knee doesn’t heal as well as he and the Flyers would have liked come time for the season opener, it’s a safe bet Walker will be his replacement in Pittsburgh on October 7th.

You can check out Seravalli’s entire piece here: WALKER FEELING RIGHT AT HOME WITH FLYERS’ DEFENSIVE CORPS

Training Camp: Pronger Progressing; Loves the Defense

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Chris Pronger is still a little ways away from officially returning to the Flyers full time after having arthroscopic knee surgery on July 27, but that doesn’t mean the future Hall of Famer isn’t doing everything he possibly can to make sure that he can be prepared to play at the highest level come opening night.  The Daily News‘ Frank Seravalli has more on this in today’s edition.

Chris Pronger anchors arguably the NHL's best defense in 2010-'11

Seravalli makes note that Pronger’s time on the ice over the past five days has been his first time skating since the Flyers lost in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final on June 9.  The Flyers defenseman also caught a bit of flack from the general public for having the surgery done so late in the off-season, instead of just having it done after the Flyers season came to an end, but Pronger explains to Seravalli, he “wanted to see if it could heal itself.  It didn’t get much better – or any better at all. Ultimately, we found some things in [an] MRI and I had surgery the next week. I don’t know if I could have sped up the process at all.”

Later in the article, Pronger also notes how pleased he is with General Manager Paul Holmgren’s re-tooling of the Flyers’ blueline in the off-season.  A potent foursome of Pronger, Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn and Matt Carle are joined by the likes of Andrej Meszaros, Sean O’Donnell, and Matt Walker to make up what Pronger calls “one of the deepest units” he’s played with over his 16 year NHL career.  It’s hard to argue with him – the top six for the Flyers are going to be a talented bunch, and although there are certainly some older legs back there, it’s hard to argue against his opinion of the blueline.

To check out of all of Frank Seravalli’s article, click here: PRONGER, HEALING AFTER SURGERY, TOUTS FLYERS DEFENSIVE DEPTH

Player Report Card: Kimmo Timonen

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on July 12, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

NAME: Kimmo Timonen

POSITION: Defenseman

Regular Season Statistics: 82 Games Played – 6 Goals, 33 Assists, 39 Points.  -2.

Analysis: When the Flyers acquired Chris Pronger in the off-season, much was made of the future Hall of Famer being the leader of the defensive corps and giving this team a better shot at the Cup.  What many forgot, however, was that it was Timonen who had previously been the head dog on the Flyers’ blue-line and that he would still need to be top-notch to give the Flyers a chance to win night in and night out.  Timonen, who just finished up his third full regular season in Orange and Black, has been absolutely phenomenal since the Flyers acquired he and Scott Hartnell’s rights in a trade with Nashville a little over three years ago.  This season was no different.  The Finn’s totals were his lowest since his 2000-’01 campaign with Nashville (25 pts), but that didn’t take away from yet another 30-assist season for the former NHL All-Star and Olympian.  Timonen proved to be durable yet again, competing through clear injuries in all of the Flyers’ 82 regular season games, and making sure that the Flyers second unit had a consistent and strong presence to compliment Pronger on the Flyers’ top duo.

Postseason Statistics: 23 Games Played – 1 Goal, 10 Assists, 11 Points. +6.

Analysis: Like the three other with him that make up the Flyers’ top four defensemen, Timonen proved himself to be an absolute horse this spring.  He logged upwards of 30+ minutes a game through the Flyers’ final three rounds in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and showed time and time again that although his body may be older, he still has plenty to give in the later stages of his career.  He provided the Flyers with the second of their two defensive cornerstone rocks this Spring, and is one of the reasons many people are excited about what this group can accomplish next season.  Alongside Pronger on the Flyers’ top powerplay unit, Timonen also provided more than enough excitement.  His numbers weren’t tops on the team, but they weren’t dragging either.  And like many in Orange and Black this Spring, Timonen rarely was at a low until the final goal.

FINAL GRADE:  B+

Reasoning: Timonen’s offensive numbers went down this year, although not significantly.  It’s expected with age (unless you’re Nicklas Lidstrom) and no one will really lose any sleep over it.  Timonen’s intangibles are what I like the most about him.  He’s a real fiery guy, who wears his heart on his sleeve and, despite his height, won’t back down from anybody.  He’s been a treat to watch in Orange and Black and I’m looking forward to him hopefully finishing out his career here.  Kimmo is someone who is incredibly well-respected in the dressing room, and someone who is really a player that many other teammates simply want to see win.  His stats may not be as great next season, but his heart certainly will still be there.  With that being said, Timonen is still going to be one of the leaders of the blue line in 2010-2011.