Timonen hopes to return as Olympics near

Kimmo Timonen , out with a foot injury, is confident he'll play in Sochi. YONG KIM / Staff
Kimmo Timonen , out with a foot injury, is confident he'll play in Sochi. YONG KIM / Staff
Posted: February 07, 2014

Kimmo Timonen returned to practice Wednesday for the most work he had done in six days. The veteran Flyers defenseman, who has missed two games with a foot injury, sounded encouraged by his recovery but did not know his status for Thursday's game against the Colorado Avalanche at the Wells Fargo Center.

"I'll see how I feel tonight and tomorrow and go from there," Timonen said.

More than just the Flyers are concerned about his health. Timonen said he would need to return to games this week in order to play for Finland in the Olympics.

"Just try to get healthy here, that's the first thing on my mind," Timonen said. "I'm pretty confident that I won't miss [the Olympics] the way I felt today. If it gets really sore today or tomorrow, then I might maybe have to worry about it."

Timonen said his health has improved each day. He last played last Thursday in the loss at Anaheim. Timonen was hurt two days earlier when he blocked a shot in a win over Detroit.

The Flyers won the two games Timonen missed - 2-0 over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday and 5-2 over the San Jose Sharks on Monday. The defense played well in both games. Andrej Meszaros played a season-high 30 shifts against the Sharks.

"I think they've all played really solid, both ends of the ice," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "Defending, first of all. We want our defensemen to defend properly. That's first and foremost."

Berube took a wait-and-see approach to Timonen's injury, but he said Timonen looked better Wednesday.

Timonen expressed his distaste for missing games. The 38-year-old is sitting out for the first time this season. The defenseman has been remarkably durable since arriving in Philadelphia, including a streak of 248 consecutive games in the lineup that was snapped in 2012.

Timonen did not say whether he would need to play Thursday in order to play in Sochi, although that's his hope. The Flyers will host Calgary on Saturday in the last game before the Olympic break.

"Obviously if you get two games, that's better than one," Timonen said. "But I can't say anything [until I see] how I feel tonight and tomorrow. If I feel good, then [it's the] coaches' decision if they want to play me."

Breakaways

Berube praised former Flyers general manager and coach Keith Allen, who died Tuesday at age 90. "I think he meant as much as anyone meant to this franchise," Berube said. "From coaching to the general manager standpoint, he had a huge influence on a lot of people." . . . The Flyers honored military personnel after Wednesday's practice. They met with players and Berube took pictures and gathered autographs.


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