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Kimmo Timonen will play more minutes for Blackhawks if needed

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Kimmo Timonen will play more minutes for Blackhawks if needed

Kimmo Timonen talked about how he felt through the Blackhawks’ final few games against the Minnesota Wild.

His minutes fluctuated during the second-round series, the defenseman playing anywhere from six to 11 minutes. If the lower tally was frustrating, Timonen wasn’t showing it.

“When it comes to the ice time it’s out of my hands. If that’s the role they want me to be in, I do it,” Timonen said. “I always have to remind myself, ‘If I get six minutes, 12 minutes, that’s more than I was supposed to get anyway. That’s more than I hoped.’”

The positive attitude is not surprising from Timonen. We all know what he overcame to be here, hence his happiness to play whatever minutes he gets with the Blackhawks. And if he’s called upon to do more in the wake of Michal Rozsival’s absence, that’s fine, too.

“I’m ready,” Timonen said. “I’m ready.”

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Whether that happens or not remains to be seen.

“We’ll see,” coach Joel Quenneville said when asked about leaning on Timonen more. “You know, the play, the score, (David Rundblad's) play and how the other guys are managing their minutes. But it’ll all sort itself out.”

Quenneville said Timonen has handled everything, especially the lower-minute outings, well.

“I think he’s played situations where the minutes, as the game goes on, probably go down a little bit,” Quenneville said. “I’m sure he wants to be out there. It’s all part of being a pro. I think as a defenseman, the more you play the better you feel you’re contributing. It’s probably not easy, but at the same time he’s been fine.”

Timonen said his health is great — “I haven’t felt this good in a long time.” If he’s asked to contribute more, that’s fine with him. He pushed himself to come back for one last chance at a Stanley Cup. He’s willing to do what it takes to get it.

“This is the reason why I came here, to get a chance to win and (we’re) moving forward the right way,” he said. “I’m just happy about it but still a long ways to go. It’s going to get even tougher now.”

Recently retired Kris Versteeg to be honored before Blackhawks game

Recently retired Kris Versteeg to be honored before Blackhawks game

Kris Versteeg recently retired and now the Blackhawks are honoring him with the team’s “One More Shift.”

Versteeg began the season with the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, but retired in November after playing six games for the IceHogs this season.

The 33-year-old wrote an emotional letter to the Blackhawks organization after requesting his contract with Rockford be terminated.

Versteeg will be honored before Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Wild. He will join the team on the ice for the national anthem and highlights of his career will be featured in the United Center.

Versteeg won two Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks, in 2010 and 2015. He is part of the Blackhawks celebrating the 10-year anniversary of that 2010 Cup win. Brian Campbell was given the same treatment on Nov. 21.

The first 10,000 fans into the UC can get replicas of the 2010 ring.

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Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane visit recovering Chicagoland hockey player for the holidays

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Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane visit recovering Chicagoland hockey player for the holidays

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane recently surprised recovering hockey player Payton Bruns in the hospital, spreading some cheer across Chicagoland this holiday season. The players spent time with Bruns and his family talking hockey and his recovery.

“I had no clue that they were coming,” Bruns told the camera.

Bruns cited Kane as one of his favorite players, making this moment even sweeter.

You can watch the heartwarming video here.

Bruns, a senior at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, broke two of his vertebrae sliding into the boards while chasing down a loose puck this past September. He was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery and has since been recovering and doing physical therapy at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago.  

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