Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/24/13

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 15: Kimmo Timonen #44 of the Philadelphia Flyers watches the puck during the game against the New York Rangers on February 15, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Kimmo Timonen was embarrassed and angry. Embarrassed at himself. Angry at coach Craig Berube. For the first time in his Flyers career he’s been demoted from the top power-play unit to the leading D-man on the second unit as the Flyers prepare to face the Rangers on Thursday (see story). Timonen is a player whose 29 points last season were seventh-best among NHL defensemen and his 17 power-play points were third-best among a group of guys like P.K. Subban Andrei Markov and Shea Weber. This year? Timonen has yet to register a point while racking up 10 penalty minutes and a team-leading nine giveaways through eight games. “Obviously I have played power play for 15 years now so it is a big deal” Timonen said. “But I am an old-school type of guy and I always feel you have to earn your spot on a power play or penalty killing. “And when you get taken out of a power play I take that as 'You have to be better.'” The second unit gets 30 to 40 seconds at best in power play time a...
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