The Philadelphia Flyers have traded defenseman Kimmo Timonen to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a second-round pick in 2015 and a conditional draft pick in 2016.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bit of a steep price paid by the Blackhawks for an aging defenseman who is soon to suit up for his first game of this season. Timonen is only now set to return from blood clots which sidelined him since last summer.
The move clears Timonen’s $3.5 million cap hit ($2 million in base salary plus bonuses) from the Flyers books for this season, so they won’t have to try to shuffle another defenseman down to the minors to try to clear space for Timonen’s return.
The Blackhawks were in the market for a depth defenseman, and with Patrick Kane sidelined for the rest of the regular season, they had $6 million in cap relief. That’s more than enough to add a blueliner like Timonen and leave room for Kane’s replacement.
Timonen has considerable experience and leadership, and will probably benefit from being a third-pairing guy rather than the top-pairing blueliner he’s been in recent years.As long as he has no further issues related to his blood clot condition, this could pan out short-term for the ‘Hawks.