When the Flyers' lockout-shortened season began on Jan. 19 against Pittsburgh at Wells Fargo Center, their starting defense read like this:
Kimmo Timonen-Luke Schenn.
Braydon Coburn-Nicklas Grossmann.
Andrej Meszaros-Kurtis Foster.
Of that group, the lone survivors are Schenn and Foster.
That’s because Timonen will miss the final three games of the regular season, beginning tonight against Boston, with a compression fracture in his right foot.
This explains why Andreas Lilja was an emergency call-up today after the Flyers had previously recalled four players from the Phantoms.
It also explains all those times this winter we saw Timonen going to and from practice in a walking boot.
That Timonen would take himself out now gives you an idea of how much pain he has been in and for how long he’s been playing this way. It takes a lot of get this Finn out of a lineup.
Timonen will finish the season having played 45 games with 43 points.
General manager Paul Holmgren estimated Timonen's recovery time will be 4-5 weeks. But realistically, he'll have all spring and summer since the Flyers won’t be in the playoffs.