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Even a lockout shortened schedule would be dicey for Kimmo Timonen

Sep 11, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

Claude Giroux, Kimmo Timonen AP

Philly defenseman Kimmo Timonen has been down this work stoppage road before, but one thing he wouldn’t care too much for is an NBA-like lockout shortened schedule.’s John Boruk hears from the Finnish blue liner about how a 48-game schedule like the NHL had in 1994-95 would do him well.

“It would be awesome,” Timonen said as he laughed at the idea, “But if you look at the NBA and their 66-game schedule [last season], it was a lock to play four or five games a week, so that’s not a good story to my body, either.”

That kind of rigorous schedule would be beyond brutal for hockey players who already have enough injury worries playing up to three or four games in a week. For older, more injury prone players that turns the season into a test of wills.

It’s hard to imagine a condensed schedule similar to what the NBA had being approved by the players should it come to that, but that’s another bridge to cross at another time.

  1. deadrabbit79 - Sep 11, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Pull up your skirt and grab your b@//$ Sally!

    • paul621 - Sep 11, 2012 at 8:45 PM

      Why would Sally have balls?

  2. mclovinhockey - Sep 11, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    He brings up a smart point.

  3. biffnasty - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    why are all players from filthy such babies?

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 11, 2012 at 10:08 PM

      You spelled Philly wrong. Anywho, Timmo is beat up. He needs all the rest he can get. A condensed schedule wouldn’t bode well for wily vets like himself. The upside is that the Flyers are relatively young across the board and the condensed season should be favorable. The same parallel can be drawn from the Sixers and their youth.

  4. jimw81 - Sep 12, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    I think we would see playoff type hockey in regular season if they went to a shorter schedule. The main problem with hockey scheduling is playing hockey in June.

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