It just keeps getting worser and worser for the Flyers blue line.
Hours before a home game against the Boston Bruins, the club announced that veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen will not play in the remaining three contests due to a broken right foot.
Timonen, the presumptive winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the team’s best defenseman through this slog of a 2013 schedule, had been the healthiest of all the club’s players to this point.
But with no postseason on the horizon, it’s a smart move to drop the charade now and admit that an injury which could have been mollified for a playoff run, is indeed something serious enough to prevent him from playing when it doesn’t matter.
Only Kurtis Foster and Luke Schenn have survived the whole season without significant injuries, but now that we’ve mentioned it, the jinx might be on for the remaining 180 minutes to this regular season.
This latest misfortune clears a path for Matt Konan, who was recalled from Adirondack yesterday, to make his NHL debut, or Andreas Lilja, who was recalled earlier today.
In any case, the 38-year-old Timonen finished his 14th NHL season with five goals and 29 points over 45 games along with a plus-3 rating. Given this latest excruciating pain he bore for an unknown period of time, and with one more year, valued at $6 million on his contract, why wouldn’t 2013-14 be his last in North America?