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Timonen likely to work for Flyers after retiring: report

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Kimmo Timonen said he would like to work for the Philadelphia Flyers after winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in his final season.

"That might be something," Timonen told CSN Philly on Wednesday. "Obviously, I'm going to move back to Philly and stay there for a couple of more years, at least. Obviously, the Flyers have a special place in my heart. I had a great eight years there, and they have a really great organization.

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"So if we can find something that can benefit both sides, obviously, I would be interested. I'll talk to [Flyers general manager Ron Hextall] when I get home and see what happens. I have no plans, really. I'm going to take my time. It's been a crazy 25, 30 years, so I want to take my time and really see what my next move [is]."

Timonen, 40, announced in March that he was going to retire after this season, but he would like to relish his first and only Stanley Cup championship before considering his future.

"It hasn't sunk in yet," Timonen said. "Unbelievable feeling. Hanging out with the boys and the Cup the last couple of days, it's been fun.

"But I'm sure when I get settled back home and really have time to think about this whole journey, it'll be big for me. I'm sure when I get home this summer, especially when I have the Cup day in my hometown, I'm sure it's going to hit me more. But these last few days it's been busy, it's been great; a little tired right now, but it'll take a few more weeks to really get the feeling of what just happened. It feels great now and it'll get even better."

Timonen played 16 seasons with the Nashville Predators, Flyers and Blackhawks. The Finnish defenseman had 117 goals, 457 assists and a plus-35 rating in 1,108 games.

Hextall said that he and Timonen likely would meet to discuss a potential position with the Flyers.

"I haven't talked to him about it," Hextall said Tuesday. "That's one of those things -- I don't believe you talk to players until they're done (the Stanley Cup Playoffs). So once he gets back here, we'll sit down and talk, and we'll see which direction it goes."

Timonen had 270 points in 519 games in seven seasons with Philadelphia and had 11 points in 23 games during the Flyers' run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2010.

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