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Flyers try to play it safe with Timonen

Feb 2, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers aren’t sure if Kimmo Timonen will miss a second straight game on Monday. Even the veteran defenseman admitted that it’s unclear whether it’s best for him to play against the San Jose Sharks.

He hurt his left foot blocking a shot on Jan. 28, but from the sound of things, he might be getting some time on the shelf for a combination of factors.

“He needs rest,” Flyers head coach Craig Berube told “No sense even putting him out for practice.”

It seems like Timonen, 38, could go if he absolutely needed to. Yet at this point of the season (and in his career), there’s also the question of whether it’s wise for him to play at less than 100 percent.

“Sometimes it gets to the point where you have to say, ‘Am I helping the team or hurting the team?’ Especially, when you are almost 39-years-old,” Timonen said. “You’ve got to be in good shape to go in there.”

As much as the Flyers would like to turn things around amid recent struggles, they’re thinking about the bigger picture with their Finnish defenseman. It sounds like that picture will be a little clearer one way or another on Monday.

  1. mcphillthy - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Well…. That kinda sucks. Does MAB get the call up already? I would really like to see Alt get a shot soon if not MAB

    • narfmoo12 - Feb 2, 2014 at 11:18 PM

      Considering Alt is -6 while Lauridsen is +9, maybe the Great Dane should get the first call up?

      • cofran2004 - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        That’s not really fair though. Alt has been good, but he’s been on a pairing with a rookie in Matczak, and Konan… who for some reason Murray loves. Konan is good at playing defense like I’m good at being sympathetic to the Islander’s sucking ass this year. That is, he’s… not.

    • zta7991 - Feb 3, 2014 at 11:40 AM

      I would love to see MAB come up but I don’t think it is going to happen….because when kimmo comes back he would have to clear waivers and there are enough teams who need defense depth that he could get picked up…idk what his placement is at the Phantoms but he would be best to get the minutes there and try to come up next year during training camp

      • narfmoo12 - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        He wouldn’t have to pass through waivers….

  2. maalea - Feb 2, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Hopefully, the Finns are knocked out early.

  3. WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    So “he needs rest” but he’s going to play in the Olympics? Got it…..

  4. phillyphannnn83 - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Whatever the situation winds up being, I’m ready for the day when Timo is a part of the Flyers’ past. His best days left him years ago and he’s been terrible the last couple years. The only reason anyone thinks otherwise is because he’s a turd in a pile of other less-shiny blue-line turds.

    • narfmoo12 - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:46 PM

      Timonen is a +1 while playing on the top pair. Imagine what he could do if he was on the 2nd or 3rd pair, where he belongs, instead of facing everyone’s top line.

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