When Shea Weber says that, as a rookie, he looked up to Kimmo Timonen he means figuratively, of course.
Even as a 20-year-old in 2005-06, Weber was a sturdy 6-foot-3, 213 pounds. Timonen was listed at 5-foot-10, 194 pounds.
Eight years later, however, the two are – statistically speaking – shoulder-to-shoulder, atop the list for the most career points by a Nashville Predators defenseman.
“He’s been one of the best defensemen in the league for a while,” Weber said of Timonen. “He does everything so well. Obviously, he got a lot of career points here and other cities as well. He’s good offensively but he can play the whole game as well. He was a great leader in this room and a guy a lot of us young defensemen looked up to.
“It’s kind of a neat thing.”
All-time leading scorers
Shea Weber – 301 (113 goals, 188 assists)
Kimmo Timonen – 301 (79 goals, 222 assists)
Ryan Suter – 238 (38 goals, 200 assists)
Marek Zidlicky – 175 (35 goals, 140 assists)
Dan Hamhuis – 161 (32 goals, 129 assists)
Weber pulled even with a goal and an assist in Saturday’s 7-2 triumph over the Chicago Blackhawks, his 548th appearance. Timonen, a former Nashville captain, did it in 573 contests between 1998-99 and 2006-07.
The first chance to break the deadlock is Tuesday when Nashville plays former division rival Detroit at Joe Louis Arena (6:30 p.m., Fox Sports-Tennessee).
Weber entered this season with 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 41 games against the Red Wings. That was his second highest total against any opponent. He has recorded five points in his last eight games overall.