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Flyers’ Timonen (lower body) leaves Pens game, won’t return

Oct 17, 2013, 9:04 PM EDT

Kimmo Timonen Getty Images

The Philadelphia Flyers suffered a serious blow in their game against Pittsburgh on Thursday night, losing veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen to a lower-body injury.

Timonen, 38, was hurt during the second period after playing 19 shifts for 13 minutes of ice time. It’s unclear exactly how he got hurt, what the injury is or how severe it might be.

The Finnish rearguard has been a workhorse for the Flyers this year, playing in all seven games while leading all defensemen with 21:43 TOI per game. Of the Flyers skaters, only Claude Giroux is averaging more time on ice.

One of the longest-tenured players on Philly’s roster, Timonen has been a rock on the blueline over the last six seasons. He’s never missed more than five games in a single campaign — playing all 82 in 2009-10 and 2010-11 — and had a pretty productive lockout-shortened campaign in 2013, leading all Flyers defensemen in scoring (29 points, t-6th among all NHL defensemen) while averaging nearly 22 minutes per night.

Timonen’s one-year, $6 million deal with the Flyers expires in July.

  1. bobhpine - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    The Flyers are sooooo good this year too, what a bummer.

  2. bobhpine - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Great signing. Totally integral part to the points this team has through 10% of the season.

  3. mclovinhockey - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Just what the flyers needed… Not kidding, I don’t wish I jury on anyone but Philly needs to gets its young guys back up there cause they are motivated and that is what the team needs.

  4. bobhpine - Oct 17, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Haha, yeah just what the Flyers needed.

    IT’S ALL HAPPENING YOU GUYS! BERUBE IS A GOLDEN GOD!!

  5. President Charles Logan - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    When is Hal Gill going to play?

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    I forgot that the Flyers signed Hal Gill

  7. curioustraveler13 - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    I hate to see injuries, and I was very disappointed to hear he wouldn’t return. He played a key role in the pens first two goals. At least he gets 6 days test before the next game.

  8. President Charles Logan - Oct 17, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Both goalies played well tonight

  9. gregman98 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    The Philadelphia Failers suffered a serious blow in their game

    BY ASSEMBLING A HORRID ROSTER FOR 2013-2014 !!!!!

    • curioustraveler13 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      8 players have no trade clauses on this flyers team. 1-7 , 3rd in the league in spending and the worst team in the standings.

  10. whiskytango333 - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    I feel nothing but complete sympathy for Steve Mason. That kid has a long, long year ahead of him.

  11. ducksk - Oct 17, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Can the GM! I mean really.

  12. mclovinhockey - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Have you looked at the roster? It’s a very VERY deep team that just has no heart. This is a team that should be 7-1 but the O which usually scores about 4 goals a game hasn’t scored more than 2. It’s not the roster, it’s the players. 0 motivation means all the skill in the world won’t help them win.

  13. FoozieGrooler - Oct 18, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    “..It’s unclear exactly how he got hurt, what the injury is or how severe it might be…”

    Any updates here?

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