During the first period on Friday night, the Blackhawks acquired defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a second round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional draft pick in 2016.
According to reports, if the Blackhawks reach the Western Conference Final AND Timonen playes in 50 percent of the games, the fourth round pick in 2016 becomes a third. If the Hawks win THREE rounds – make the Stanley Cup Final – and Timonen plays in 50 percent or more of games, the conditional pick becomes a 2nd rounder in 2016.
Philadelphia media is reporting that Flyers GM Ron Hextall indicated that he and Chicago GM Stan Bowman had been talking about this deal “for weeks.”
Timonen, 39, has not appeared in any games this season because of injury. He registered 35 points (six goals, 29 assists) in 77 regular-season games with the Flyers last year. He was only recently cleared to return to playing.
The Blackhawks also announced the club has placed defenseman Johnny Oduya on injured reserve.