Flyers Notes: Flyers' Meszaros and Timonen listed as status quo

Posted: March 06, 2012

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said Monday there was no change in the "out indefinitely" status of defensemen Andrej Meszaros and Kimmo Timonen.

Meszaros, however, was spotted at the team's practice facility in Voorhees.

Claude Giroux missed practice with what Holmgren called a "maintenance day," though that is supposedly the same reason Timonen and Meszaros missed practice Saturday. Giroux was slashed on the wrist Sunday by Washington's Jason Chimera.

James van Riemsdyk will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a broken bone in his left foot, suffered in Thursday's win over the New York Islanders. Orthopedic surgeon Steven Raikin will insert a plate in his foot to help healing and strengthen the area.

Van Riemsdyk is expected to miss four to six weeks, which could keep him out until the end of the regular season.

Reaching out

Giroux and Scott Hartnell joined other NHL players in a public-service announcement encouraging lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to play hockey.

Flyers scout Patrick Burke is championing the cause of his younger brother, Brendan, who came out in 2009. Brendan Burke, a 21-year-old senior at Miami of Ohio, was killed in a car accident in 2010.


Mark Howe's jersey will be retired Tuesday night, and the Flyers are 3-0-1 all-time in games that follow a jersey retirement ceremony. . . . Adam Burt, Derian Hatcher, Kerry Huffman, Lukas Krajicek, Frank Kucera, Vladimir Malakhov and Alexandre Picard have worn Howe's No. 2 since he left the Flyers to sign with Detroit on July 7, 1992.

Ilya Bryzgalov could start his ninth consecutive game Tuesday. In his career, Bryzgalov has started 10 straight games just seven times. . . . The Flyers are an incredible 36-13-11 against the Red Wings in Philadelphia. They fell, 4-3, at Joe Louis Arena on Feb. 12 despite holding a 3-2 lead late in the second period.


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