It's been a rough season for the Flyers, who lost Kent Huskins to a concussion last week. With the exception of Kurt Foster, every defenseman has missed at least one game because of injury. The Flyers defenseman in total have missed 115 man games out of 234 games lost this season, and that number includes 45 contests missed by Chris Pronger.
Timonen is known for his high level of tolerance for pain, so it's likely he has been suffering with the injury for a while. He had missed zero games this season, and had been seen earlier in the season walking around the team's practice facility in a walking boot. The Flyers won't confirm when he originally sustained the injury.
The Flyers will be lost without Timonen, with a crumbling defense made up mostly of rookies and inexperienced players. Timonen is known for his back end stability and with Pronger out, he has been the leader of the team. The team has called up Andrea Lilja and Matt Konan from Adirondack, both of whom are looking to make their place on the roster full-time.
Timonen is having one of the best seasons in his career, playing excellent defense and contributing offensively, a good sign after signing a one year, $6 million extension contract with the team in February. He played in 45 games this season and recorded 29 points (five goals and 24 assists). His 24 assists were ranked fourth-most-among all defenseman in the NHL, as are his 29 points. The 38 year old also averaged 21:45 of ice-time per game, which includes 3:48 on power play and 2:55 on penalty kill.
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