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Timonen (leg) said after Thursday's morning skate that he is "good to go" for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
With Timonen declaring himself ready, it will now be up to coach Craig Berube to decide whether or not to use him. Timonen has shown no issues with the blood clot in his leg since he resumed skating, so the expectation is that the Flyers will formally activate him from their non-roster injury list. In order to make room for Timonen's return, the Flyers are expected to send Carlo Colaiacovo to AHL Lehigh Valley.
Kimmo Timonen D PHI 2 Days
Timonen (leg) indicated that the earliest he will play is Saturday against the Rangers, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Timonen, who has been practicing since Feb. 17, is taking things a step at a time, and will thus miss at least two more games. "I feel it's going the right way," Timonen noted in advance of Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes. "I just have to feel I'm 100 percent when I'm out there."
Kimmo Timonen D PHI 4 Days
Timonen (leg) will travel with the Flyers on their upcoming two-game road trip, but it's no guarantee that he'll be cleared to return Tuesday or Thursday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
He's making progress, as evidence by his return to practice last week, and that he was on the ice Monday while his teammates received a day off. For now, consider his potential activation from IR to be a day-to-day situation.
Kimmo Timonen D PHI 8 Days
Timonen (blood clots) took part in his first full practice with the Flyers on Wednesday, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.The 39-year-old didn't see much contact in his first activity with teammates since the summer, but he should steadily increase his involvement over the next few days. Timonen hasn't ruled out a return to action for Tuesday's tilt with the Hurricanes, but the Flyers' games on either Feb. 26 or 28 sound like the more realistic target dates for his season debut. The blueliner did rule out the idea of getting in a conditioning game with AHL Lehigh Valley prior to his return, so it looks like he'll continue to practice with the Flyers until receiving the green light to play.
Kimmo Timonen D PHI 9 Days
Timonen (blood clots) indicated Tuesday that he still needs about 10 days before he's ready to return to action, Sarah Baicker of CSN Philly reports.With that in mind, Baicker suggests that the Flyers' Feb. 28 contest against the Rangers could represent a plausible return target for the veteran blueliner.
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Timonen (blood clots) will begin practicing with the Flyers on Tuesday, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.Timonen has been limited to skating on his own as he eases his way back into action after he receiving clearance to resume his career earlier this month. The Flyers were initially targeting Feb. 21 for Timonen's season debut, but GM Ron Hextall has since backed away from that return date, suggesting the blueliner would probably need a little more time to get conditioned. With Timonen planning to retire after the season, the Flyers are hoping he can return to action for at least a game or two before the Mar. 2 trade deadline in an effort to showcase himself to a playoff-bound team in need of help on defense.
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Timonen (blood clots) is tentatively targeting a return to the lineup Feb. 28 against the Rangers, Randy Miller of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.Timonen resumed his rehab activity last Friday and will require a couple more weeks of working out to get back to full strength after being sidelined since August with the blood clots. The Flyers will see how Timonen progresses in his subsequent sessions over the next several days before a return date will be more accurately pinpointed. If Timonen does indeed return before the end of February, it might be enough to convince playoff contenders to make a trade for the 39-year-old in what will mark his last NHL season.
Kimmo Timonen D PHI 21 Days
Timonen (blood clots), who skated with the Flyers on Friday, believes he is at least two weeks away from returning to game action, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Friday's session was the start of a de facto training camp for Timonen, who has been off the ice since August, when he was first diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and right leg. The clots in his lungs have since dissipated, and while his leg isn't fully cleared of the issue, doctors don't believe Timonen's desire to continue playing will have significant long-term consequences. At this point, it appears the only hurdle in the way for Timonen is simply to get conditioned. Once healthy, the 39-year-old would likely reclaim a top-four role on defense for the Flyers after leading all of the team's blueliners in scoring with 35 points a season ago.
Kimmo Timonen D PHI 21 Days
Timonen (blood clots) plans to resume skating with the Flyers on Friday, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
After talking things over with doctors, it appears Timonen will attempt to make a comeback from the blood clots in his leg. There's undoubtedly still plenty of risk for Timonen's long-term health at stake with the return to action, so it's not necessarily a lock that he will end up playing this season if he endures complications in his workouts. Since he's been sidelined since the clots were discovered in August, Timonen will likely require several weeks to get his conditioning up to par, making it difficult to pinpoint a potential timetable for his return.
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Flyers general manager Ron Hextall refuted coach Craig Berube's claims that Timonen (blood clots) was set to return later in the season, suggesting a decision on the blueliner's status hasn't been made yet, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "Kimmo communicated with us: 'I'm coming back?' I said, 'What do you mean?' He said, 'Well, it's on TV," Hextall said. "Kimmo and myself don't know whether Kimmo is coming back."
While Berube never explicitly said Timonen would return to action this season, his apparent optimism was enough for media outlets to take the leap and report as much. Hextall's refutation of the story doesn't indicate Timonen won't return this season; the Flyers are simply awaiting more information from doctors regarding the blueliner's test results. A more official announcement on Timonen's status should come before long.