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Off Day, May 17 quotes: Kimmo Timonen

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Q.  Give us your Kimmo daily update here.

KIMMO TIMONEN:  I think I'm ready to go.  Now it's up to coaches.  I haven't talked to John yet.  But personally I'm ready to go tomorrow.

Q.  Do you really think he won't play you if you say you're ready to go?

KIMMO TIMONEN:  Well, I've got to say that.  He's our coach and he's going to make the lineup, so I'm going to talk to him today and we'll see what happens tomorrow.  But I hope to be on the ice tomorrow.

Q.  How confident are you with all the issues about potential risks are gone now and you can just focus on trying to play the game?

KIMMO TIMONEN:  You know, again, I got to trust the doctor's opinion that there's no risk at all if I play tomorrow.  The symptoms they won't be gone tomorrow, they're going to be the same, but it felt pretty good today in practice.  That's why I'm pretty confident to say I'm ready to go tomorrow.

Q.  I know you were probably more worried about yourself and getting a sense of how you felt today in practice, but did you have any chance to kind of grade Braydon and see how he was out there?  How did he look?

KIMMO TIMONEN:  I didn't talk to him, but he was out there with me.  He went full practice, too.  So now it's probably up to the doctors and himself.  But I don't really know what's going on with him.

Q.  What you had is a pretty rare injury, but you played with Tomas Vokoun, he kind of went through a blood clot issue.  Did you talk to him at all to see at least you guys have something in common to talk about the blood clots?

KIMMO TIMONEN:  No, I haven't talked to him at all.  But the only thing, I talked to is the doctors and our trainers in the last couple of weeks.  I just want to make sure there is no risk of me going out there and then something bad happens.  I don't want that to happen.  I don't want that to happen to me.  That's the only issue.  But how I felt out there, I felt pretty good today, and that's why I'm pretty confident to say I'm ready to go tomorrow.

Q.  You said you feel pretty good, are you in any discomfort?  Are you laboring at all?  Your body language, how does that work?

KIMMO TIMONEN:  Well, I haven't skated in nine days, so obviously, that was a little bit of an issue.  But hopefully that doesn't matter tomorrow.  Obviously, my leg could be better, but it could be worse, too.  But in this situation, you know, it can't get any better.  So that's pretty much it.

Q.  Is there anything specific that you will do during the game in terms of keeping the blood flow circulating either on the bench or between periods?

KIMMO TIMONEN:  Yeah, during the periods I'm going to take my skates off and try to warm my feet up somehow.  I don't know which way we're going to do that, but I'm sure we're going to find a way to do that.  But that's what we have to probably do.

Q.  Have you gotten a sense at all of how much your presence is going to help this team confidence-wise?

KIMMO TIMONEN:  I don't know, you know.  I always said it doesn't need one guy, it's a teamwork.  I'm just one piece of the puzzle.  Hopefully I can do my job out there and help the team somehow, and hopefully we'll be able to win the game.  That's what matters to me.

Q.  Not to overdramatize this, but was this something you felt like you needed to talk over with the family?  Did your wife get to weigh in on this decision or did it come to that?

KIMMO TIMONEN:  Yeah, I talked to my parents a lot.  Talked to my wife, talked to my brothers.  But again, the doctors have way more information about this than my mom or dad or my brothers, so, I got to really trust their opinion about this. (laughing)



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