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Off-Day, May 16 quotes: Kimmo Timonen

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Q.  How did the skate go this morning, and what do you think your chances are for playing?
   
KIMMO TIMONEN:  You know, the symptoms are still the same that they were a week ago, which is, you know, my toes go numb and the cold feeling gets in pretty quick.  But at least now I know, you know, there's no danger.  It's just a matter of how much pain I can take.

Q.  Is it more pain that you're dealing with in that regard.  Can you talk to us about what it was like in game 5 in Montreal, because you did play with numbness in your toes at that time?
   
KIMMO TIMONEN:  Well, it takes only 15 minutes to skate, and I can't feel my toes.  That is the biggest thing.  When that happens, the pain comes in.  But I'm sure we've got some medicine for pain (laughing).  So we'll see how it goes.  I'm going to practice tomorrow, and I'll let you know tomorrow after practice how it goes.  But the pain and the numbness is still what we're dealing with here.

Q.  Could you play today or if it was today, would you be able to go?
   
KIMMO TIMONEN:  I would like to try.  Again, it comes to the pain medicine and how much pain I can take.  So I feel confident that I'm ready to go Sunday, but I won't know for sure until I practice with the team and really be out there with the boys and do some really good drills and that kind of stuff.  So we're going to see tomorrow after practice for sure.

Q.  It doesn't matter if the team is up or down 3 1 or anything.  You're not basing your return on where they're at in the series, are you?  Is?
   
KIMMO TIMONEN:  No, I've got to trust the doctors.  You know, we go back a week, doctors told me that nobody knows if it's going to be ten days, two weeks, two months, five months.  Nobody knew that.  And I went to the hospital yesterday, I didn't know what to expect.  I didn't expect this news.  So, obviously, this is a good chance for me to play, and I wanted to make sure, and I'm sure everyone else wanted to make sure that there is absolutely no danger at all, because that's not the risk I want to take, and I'm sure nobody wants to take that risk.  So it's, like I said again, it's just a matter of how do I take that pain, and the numbness feeling.

Q.  I know you've been upset that you haven't been in there, but has it been inspiring for to you see what the defense has been able to do throughout this series?

   
KIMMO TIMONEN:  Oh, yeah.  It's been frustrating, obviously, being up there and watching the game and not be able to be there and help my teammates.  But how the defense has played without me and Coburn, it's been unbelievable.  They've been doing a great job.  Hopefully, we can keep doing the same things.

Q.  Can you talk a little about what the doctors told you yesterday in terms of where the blood clot is, the size of it, and what are some of the risks?  And long term, what are some options for you?
   
KIMMO TIMONEN:  Well, the blood clot is still there.  It hasn't moved anywhere.  The biggest thing was it hasn't gotten any bigger, because that's why I am on blood thinners.  They want to prevent that clot getting bigger, and it hasn't gotten any bigger.  Now it's been two and a half weeks since I got hit by the puck.  So they think that timewise, they don't think it's going to break loose anywhere.

So those two things were the issues, and that's why they were able to decide and give me a green light to go.

Q.  What about the options?  Are there other options for you right now?
   
KIMMO TIMONEN:  The only option is, obviously, just keep taking the blood thinners which I'm going to keep taking it.  The only thing I can't do is on the game days, I can't take those shots.  It's 12 hour period.  If I take it in the morning, I can't do anything in the next 12 hours.  You know, obviously, on game days I can't do that.

Q.  Just seems so unlikely when the series began that you would be at this point and be sitting here today.  What does that mean to you and what was it like yesterday when you heard that this was possible?
   
KIMMO TIMONEN:  Well, like I said, you know, when I walked in the hospital yesterday, I wasn't expecting to get this kind of news.  And when I got that news that, you know, you can try to skate tomorrow, it was unbelievable.  I was just hoping, maybe, guys were able to win yesterday and I'd get a chance to play on Sunday.
   
You know, like I said before the series started, it's my dream to be able to play in this kind of situation, and now I'm back in it so it is a pretty good feeling.

Q.  If you can tolerate the pain on Sunday, is there no limit to how many minutes can you go, how many shifts you can go on Sunday?
   
KIMMO TIMONEN:  We haven't talked about that yet.  Tomorrow I'm going to practice, and I'm sure I'm going to know a lot more tomorrow after practice when I am out there for an hour.  And then I'm going to talk to coaches and trainers how we go forward.  So I'm sure tomorrow is easier to give you an answer.

Q.  When you start to feel that numbness in your foot, is it kind of a mental note like oh, there it is, and I have to be more careful?  How do you handle that?  Do you just plow through it?
   
KIMMO TIMONEN:  Well, there's not much you can do.  Obviously you can't take your skates off during the game.  Only thing can you do during the periods, you can take your skates off and try to heat it up, get the blood flowing again.  But, again, there's no danger, even if it goes numb, they said there's no danger.  So, hopefully, there is good medicine I can take before the game (laughing).

Q.  First, did you ask for any input from your family on this decision?  And number, two given the history of your career and that had you never advanced this far and the stakes are so high, did that weigh on your decision here as well that maybe, you know, this may never come again or you had never been this far before?
   
KIMMO TIMONEN:  I don't think so.  I've got to trust the doctor's opinion about this.  I have no idea how these things work and how do they get better.  So that's why we have good doctors and I've got to respect their opinion.  And they said 100% there's no danger.
   
So that was the biggest thing.  I don't think it matters what I think.  I want to be out there to help the team to win.  But this case, you know, I've got to really trust the opinion of the doctors.



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