The Flyers found a solution to their salary cap woes. But they did it at the expense of a fan favorite, and one of the best defensemen ever to adorn orange and black.
Kimmo Timonen was traded to the Blackhawks Friday night, netting Philly a 2015 second round pick and a conditional pick in 2016. It also gives the 39-year-old a chance to chase a Stanley Cup title.
Timonen has missed the entire season after blood clots were discovered in his lungs during the offseason.
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All things considered, the return for Timonen, who was expected to play against the Rangers at the Wells FarcoCenter Saturday was pretty good. It gives the Flyers nearly $1 million in salary cap relief at a time when things have become pretty tight.
Whether this is a sign that Philly is a true seller as the deadline approaches on March 2 is yet to be seen, but the club does still trail Boston by a handful of points for the last playoff spot in the East.