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Lower-body injury sidelines Flyers’ Timonen

Feb 15, 2013, 9:38 PM EDT

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Defense has already been considered a problem for the Philadelphia Flyers this season, so they must hope that Kimmo Timonen is just dealing with a minor issue.

The go-to blueliner left Friday’s game against the New Jersey Devils with a lower-body injury and won’t return, according to the team. It’s too early to tell how severe the problem is.

While some believe he’s lost a few steps at 37, Timonen is still a key piece in Philly. GM Paul Holmgren recently gave him a one-year extension with good reason: he slightly edges Braydon Coburn for the team lead in average time on ice with 22:44 minutes per game.

With Chris Pronger‘s career likely over and Andrej Meszaros on the shelf until late February (at best?), the blueline is already shaky, so we’ll see if they lose an important piece for an extended amount of time.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Who gives a crap they lost to the team from jersey for like the 100000000000 time ! I don;t have anything to base this comment on other than this ! I don’t think another professional team in all of sports beats another professional team consistently like the team from jersey beats the flyers !

    • bobhpine - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:13 PM

      Oh man. The Pens are trying to get back into first. WTF! Do you Flygirls have to LOSE so predictably all the time? Maybe beat the Devils once…maybe? I know they embarrassed you in the playoffs last year, but I was really hoping the best player in the world could actually help this loser team win for once. Maybe Baldilocks the coach should put da bess player in da worl on da turd line where he can go to da fronn of da net. Clode Giroux such a good leader in da room!

      If you are a Flyers fan not in your mid 40’s….ha…that sucks…never seen your team do anything but disappoint.

      Just like the Eagles.

      Losers.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        Iam a New York Football Giants fan so stick taht in your giggy and puff on it ! Your hockey comments I have no come back you win !

      • phgreg - Feb 16, 2013 at 6:55 AM

        So you are saying how the Flyers stink and how Devil’s embarrassed them last year in the playoffs, at the same time pulling for the Pens. I forgot who did the Pen’s beat in the Playoffs…..hmmmmm sour grapes

  2. jimw81 - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Dating back to last year, Flyers are 6-12-1 in last 18 games. Flyers have 13 points in 15 games. time to hit the panic button?? I think so….

  3. sportsfreak13 - Feb 15, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    This sucks, I hope these guys get healthy. Ill never revel in another teams injuries, even if it is my most hated rival.

    • jimw81 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      For a team that needs a #1 Defenseman badly with players you can use in a trade,it made zero sense to sign Timonen to 6M.

      • sportsfreak13 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:08 PM

        I agree 100% with that statement. Wonder how many flyer fans would of rather seen that $ go to matt carle. I know hindsight is 20/20 and holm green was chasing big name FA, but still.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      Much appreciated, you’re the classiest Pens fan on PHT, by far. If Timonen is out for extended time we’re screwed. We desperately need two points. Obviously the Sens and Avs have been hit the worst by injuries but the flyers are right up there. We could’ve used him in a 3rd period which started in a 3-3 tie. Starting with a 3-1 lead then to end up losing 4-3 (last goal was EN) along with losing our top dman are the ingredients for a terrible night. Help us hockey gods, please help us out of our funk.

  4. steelers88 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Man it’s been a tough year Philly sports.
    Phillies: 81-81
    Eagles: 4-12
    76ers: 22-29
    Flyers: 6-8-1
    That’s 113-130-1.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      I would answer you with this ,,,,,,, The Pirates !

      • 19to77 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:37 PM

        Pirates’ 2013 payroll: $63,169,500
        Pirates’ record: 79-83 (.488)

        Phillies’ 2013 payroll: $152,741,887, plus $2m dead from the buyouts
        Phillies’ record: 81-81 (.500)

        Buddy, if $89,000,000 bought me just two more wins on the season, I gotta tell you… I’d ask for my money back.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:45 PM

        1979

      • chanceoffleury1 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:46 PM

        Don’t disrespect the Zoltan. After the Steelers getting bounced in the first round by Jesus himself, and the Penguins getting embarassed by Philly, the Pirates starting the first half of the season 13 games over .500 is all you can really ask for out of the Buccos.

        Baby steps. They’ll get to the playoffs eventually…………………….at least I hope they will.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet the fck outta here !

      • 19to77 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        As eloquent as ever, eiggles. By the way, if you’re gonna quote years, can you help me out with something? I’ve been trying to recall the last time the Flyers won the Cup. Can you remind me when that was?

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        4 years before 1979 !

      • crosberries - Feb 16, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        No one cares about the pirates and no they never will make the playoffs ever. I’d rather watch woman’s tennis atleast there’s a chance of it being shorter then a baseball game.

  5. broadstbully33 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    That statement is sad that you rely in a different team to get your team into first…

  6. hockeyfan28 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Before game 2 of the eastern conference semifinals the flyers pretty much owned the devils then Peter Debord much like any other decent coach just did what the Rangers and Bruins did and dumped the puck and hit their defensemen causing turnovers and ultimately goals …the flyers have yet to adjust and any team with big physical forwards like the ones the devils have are just going to keep doing it till the flyers show they can stop it on a steady basis its called coaching and Lavy has now shown after 6 consecutive games he has yet to solve this and with Chris Pronger pretty much retired and now loosing kimmo is only going to make matters worse….but there is hope in that alot of these young guys get more and more ice time might as well ride this season and these young guys out through their ups ad downs

  7. 19to77 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Well, look on the bright side, Philadelphia – at least you’re not suddenly in danger of not making the playoffs. Operative word here being “suddenly.”

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      WOW did you rack your brain to think that one up ?

      • 19to77 - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        Not really. It’s pretty obvious from the standings, dude.

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        U drinkin ?

  8. phillyphannn83 - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    U guys are the biggest tools I’ve ever seen. Get outta mommy’s basement and go learn how to be a man.

    • Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      tools?? what are you like 15?

      • phillyphannn83 - Feb 20, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        I figured using that term would define my age, since kids havien’t been using that word for at least a decade. Then again, maybe I give you too much credit since you missed the most obvious clue…my birth year is right in my screenname

  9. pitpenguinsrulez - Feb 16, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    ah music to my ears the Penguins win and the Cryers lose…..duh winning as Charlie Sheen would say hahahaha. Philly is nothing more than the City of Losers with a long and storied history of losing. Rag the Pens all you want Philly but remember the Pens have been the better since your last cup win. You guys wont experience winning the Stanley Cup anytime soon except in NHL 13….maybe? You guys say Crosby sucks? and that Claudia is so much better? Well lets see here Giroux has ONLY had two good seasons that’s it and a fluke Ea Sports cover. Crosby may whine etc but atleast hes proven that hes the best in the league. Hes got individual trophies, a gold medal and of course the Stanley Cup<—-atleast the Pens can go to the finals and ACTUALLY win it all unlike the flyers and Devils who both lost in 6. Philly having the better hockey player than Pittsburgh has been tried once and failed miserably in the 90s thanks to Kasparaitis putting Lindros in his place back in 1998. The only time Lindros lead the league in scoring at seasons end was in 1995 but he lost to Jagr who had more goals. Just give up now in your argument Philly.

    • coronakid76 - Feb 16, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      It’s because of Crosbys’ immaturity that Pens fans will always be arguing about him. He may be one of the Elite players in the NHL but because of that immaturity and whining about being hit (while being a dirty player himself) or not having the call go his way he will never be as respected as some of the other Great NHL icons! Rinaldo has more class then Sindey, at least he will drop his gloves before there is a ref in his face to stop the “appearance” of wanting to actually fight. As much as the Flyers get ragged on for being a dirty group (mostly the supporting cast of “goons”) It’s the Face of the franchise in Pittsburgh that has no class and no respect. I would love to have a player with his skill set on my team, just not named Sidney Crosby.

  10. antmel30 - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    @pitpenguinsrule. Say whatever you way about Philly the fans the city. Pittsburg loves to hate. The main thing that’s separates Philly from Pittsburg is we don’t abandoned teams. No matter of they are good or bad Philly fans show up. They never let there team go in danger of bankruptcy. They support no matter what. Pittsburg is a front runner town. You talked about the devils going to cups and loosing but dope they have already won two cups in the 2000’s and I think they have more cups then your beloved penguins. Say what you want but I do remember pitt getting beat by Detroit the year before they won. Your history is awesome. The one thing Philly has the pitt will never have is a basketball championship. Why because your broke ass city can’t afford one. I can’t wait until Crosby and Malkin are gone and pitt blows once again because they will be moved or sold by the lack of support by you front running pussies.

  11. mclovinhockey - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Bophine… In English please?

  12. bobhpine - Feb 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    In English

    Nineteen seventy-five

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