Flyers All-Star defenseman Kimmo Timonen had a bit of a homecoming on Friday morning in Nashville when he arrived at Bridgestone Arena.



He chatted with old friends, including his former coach here, Barry Trotz.



"In five years, this is only my second time back," Timonen said. "It actually feels like coming home. I have so many good memories from this rink and this team and coaching staff and everything. It's like a second home to me."



There are some players in the NHL who forget their roots. Where they're from, how they got here, and who they owe their livelihood to.



Not Timonen. He will forever be in debt to Predators general manager David Poile, who traded for his rights in 1998 when Timonen was still playing in Finland as part of the LA Kings organization.