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Timonen, Giroux Named All-Stars

12 Jan

The Flyers will be well-represented in Ottawa at the end of the month. According to the team, Claude Giroux and Kimmo Timonen will be All-Stars. Matt Read and Sean Couturier will make the trip as well for the rookie game.

This is Timonen’s fifth All-Star nomination. He didn’t play in 2000 due to injury and hinted last Saturday that the same might happen this time around as well.

“It’s hard to say,” said Timonen who had just played against Ottawa despite a wrist injury that nearly kept him out of the lineup. “It’s hard to say no if you get chosen, but it’s one of those things where if you’ve got injuries, it’s time to heal your injuries at that time. When that time comes, I’m gonna really take a look at the situation, but it’s that time.”

Timonen has one goal and 24 assists on the year. He is also the keystone to the Flyers’ defensive corps. That became more obvious when he missed parts of two periods a week ago against Chicago.

For Giroux, the All-Star Game will be somewhat of a homecoming. Ottawa may be hundreds of miles away from Hearst, Ont., where Giroux was born, but it’s still in the same province. Giroux came in seventh among forwards in the fans vote and didn’t initially make the cut when the fans voted the starting six players.

“I don’t care if it’s top six, I just want to make the team,” said Giroux last week. “That would be pretty cool and to go back to back would be pretty cool. It’s in Ottawa where my friends are. It would be a pretty good experience.”

Giroux is second in the league in points, tied with Phil Kessel. Last year he had a goal and an assist in the All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C.

Read is tied for first among rookies in goals. He has played on every line this season for the Flyers. Couturier has seven goals and six assists this season in 37 games. He has centered the fourth line during most of his action.


With Or Without Timonen, Ottawa Poses Threat

7 Jan

They learned to deal with life without Chris Pronger. Now they’ll have to learn how to deal with life without Kimmo Timonen. The cornerstone of the Flyers’ defense will likely be out for at least one game with a left wrist injury.

Timonen did not participate in practice on Friday; instead he went to the doctor’s office.

“Kimmo Timonen was seen by the doctor today and remains day to day with an upper body injury,” Paul Holmgren said Friday evening.

If the Flyers are without him, they need that stretch to be short. He’s been a minutes-eater and shot blocker the Flyers can ill afford to be without.

“Kimmo is a really important piece of the team,” said Peter Laviolette. “He quietly comes in here and everyday he shows up, works hard with not a lot of fanfare. However, his production on the ice and value in the locker room makes it hard to express how important he is to this team.”

On the surface one might think that the Flyers wouldn’t have to have him against the NHL All-Sta— Ottawa Senators. When the league announced the starting lineup of All-Stars and four were from Ottawa, many thought it was a joke. But the team is certainly not. Don’t look now, but the Senators are in second place in the Northeast Division.

“We would be making a huge mistake if we didn’t respect Ottawa,” said Laviolette. “They started slow but they aren’t slow now. They’ve climbed back up the standings and won a lot more games than they lost. We talked about giving them the respect they deserve.”

In their last 10 games, the Senators are 7-2-1. Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek actually are legitimate All-Stars.

“This isn’t the Senator team we played in the beginning of the season,” said Laviolette. “This is not that same team, they are a good hockey team.”

Ottawa is 8-7-4 on the road, where this home-and-home will start for them. The Flyers were desperate for a win on Thursday night because it was a home game and their record was lagging in that category. This time around, more desperation. Not only does that home record need work, but also they might be without their best defenseman. Again.

Flyers Place Matt Walker On Waviers…Again

6 Jan

Losing Chris Pronger was bad. Losing Kimmo Timonen might be worse. Timonen is officially day-to-day with an injury to his left wrist, of which the severity is not yet known. He is being checked out by doctors on Friday and likely won’t play Saturday. That means his 223-game ironman streak is probably over.

Even though Matt Walker was paired with Braydon Coburn in practice on Friday in Timonen’s place, he won’t line up with him on Saturday. According to TSN, the Flyers waived Walker Friday afternoon, for the second time this season.

Without Timonen or Walker, the Flyers would be in need of a sixth defenseman and the likely suspect is Erik Gustafsson. Gustafsson has been rehabbing a wrist injury of his own and was close to returning before Timonen went down in Thursday night’s game against Chicago. The current situation on the blue line likely hastened his process a bit.

In five games this season with the Flyers, Gustafsson has an assist and is a plus-6. The Flyers have not yet announced a corresponding roster move.

Kimmo Timonen Leaves Game With Upper-Body Injury

5 Jan

WELLS FARGO CENTER — The games that the Flyers have played without Chris Pronger have proven that Kimmo Timonen may actually be the cornerstone of the defense. In his career with the Flyers, the warrior has missed only seven games in four seasons and change. But that might change soon.

Timonen left the game after the first period at the 10:30 mark having played only 3:30. He returned to join the team and start the second period. He played another three shifts and another 1:47. But then he left again.

Midway through the third period, the Flyers announced that Timonen would not return with an upper-body injury. After the game he was seen with a soft brace on his left wrist. If he’s gone long, they’re in serious trouble. But they aren’t ready to admit that.

“That’s speculation at this point,” said Peter Laviolette. “I’d rather not comment on that because I don’t know for sure that that’s the case.”

Flyers Use Comeback To Top Anaheim In Overtime

3 Dec

It’s becoming a recurrent theme for the orange and black. They take a little longer than they should to show up and in the end it costs them two points. But on Friday night, the Flyers overcame a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3 in overtime on a Claude Giroux power play goal.

The Flyers will travel 11,718 miles in December, but they looked tired very early in Bruce Boudreau’s debut as Ducks coach. His team came out hitting, skating hard and shooting. That desperation was something the Flyers claimed to be ready for, but it beat them in the first period.

It was easy to see how the Flyers were outhustled, even on the penalty kill. Saku Koivu found Andrew Cogliano who was ahead of two Flyers defenders and Beat Ilya Bryzgalov with a one-handed shot through the goalie’s five hole. Bryzgalov made a weak attempt at a pokecheck and gave the Duck the opening. It was the eighth power play goal the Flyers have allowed in their last six games.

Later in the period, Koivu struck again. He slid a pass between the legs of Braydon Coburn and right to the tape of Teemu Selanne who scored easily when neither Coburn nor Bryzgalov knew he was there.

The Flyers were happy to hear the horn sound after the first 20 minutes and came out with a better effort in the second period. They were finally able to sustain some pressure on a power play after going 0-for-3 in the first. Kimmo Timonen took a shot from the point with Francois Beauchemin. Jaromir Jagr tipped it in for his first goal since Nov. 5.

In the third period, the Flyers were able to fully compensate for the poor first-period effort. With a two-man advantage, the Flyers cashed in. Timonen and Jagr played catch at the high slot and eventually Jagr one-timed a rocket past Jonas Hiller to make it a one-goal game.

With three minutes remaining, it looked like the outpouring of pressure from the Flyers would be all for naught. But they found the back of Hiller’s net when Timonen made a pass to Scott Hartnell that the winger one-timed up high to beat the Anaheim goalie.

In the extra session, the Flyers got lucky when Ryan Getzlaf not only brought down Jakub Voracek, but also complained about the call. That earned him an extra two minutes and gave the Flyers a power play for nearly all of overtime. Once they got set up, they won the game on a Claude Giroux shot from the slot.

In Boudreau’s NHL coaching debut, his Washington Capitals beat the Flyers 4-3 in overtime. This time around, the Flyers returned the favor and in the process survived yet another bad first period. This time, it worked. Next time? They’ll worry about that when the time comes.

Flyers Point To Themselves For Coming Out Flat

21 Nov

WELLS FARGO CENTER — Peter Laviolette warned them.

“Don’t sleep on the Hurricanes.”

But it looked like the Flyers were sleepwalking a bit in their 4-2 loss on Monday night. It was only Carolina’s fifth win over the Flyers in the last 22 meetings.

Flat. Listless. Sleepwalking. Whatever the adjective, it certainly wasn’t the effort the Flyers were looking for after a tough road loss in Winnipeg.

“It’s kind of disappointing the start we had coming out,” said Matt Carle. “Their effort was there. I think it was their third game in four nights and they played [Sunday] night. Gotta give them credit. They played a good road game and we just could never seem to get anything going.”

Not so fast, Matt. Not everyone is willing to give credit to the other side.

“It’s hard to tell why, but it’s one of those things, it happens even though you don’t want it to happen, it happens,” said Kimmo Timonen. “I don’t think they even played that good, but we were flat today, no energy, no jump. I don’t think we created a lot of scoring chances. It’s one of those games nobody felt really good before the game, and it showed.”

All in all, the Flyers had 32 shots on net, edging the Hurricanes by one. But they were few and far between as the game wore on. Part of the reason may have been that the Flyers didn’t see a power play in the second half of the game.

But in reality, the sub-par effort started from the beginning of the game. When Laviolette saw the effort, he knew the prophecy would be true.

“I think they buried us, yeah,” he said. “We were second everywhere and when we did get there late, we weren’t strong enough in the battles.”

One thing that continues to be a battle for the Flyers is the penalty kill. It’s struggled mightily over the last two games, but the thought is that the struggle stems more from taking too many penalties than the penalty killers not doing their jobs.

“I wouldn’t blame it on the PK,” said James van Riemsdyk who had a two-point night. “I think we’ve been in the box too much. I mean most guys have done a great job all year long and it gets to a point if you keep taking penalties it’s going to eventually bite you in the end. So we’ve got to really clean that up.”

“It’s one of those things I think is easy to correct and go back to basics, and I’m not too worried about that,” added Timonen. “The last couple games it hasn’t been there, and it should be.”

That goes for the overall effort, as well. The Flyers had won three in a row and gotten points in eight straight before losing to Winnipeg on Saturday. Now they’ve lost two in a row.

“We’ve lost two in a row now and it’s definitely not acceptable,” said van Riemsdyk “So we’ve got to go back to the drawing board and get ready for Wednesday.”

But the Flyers won’t want to sleep on the New York Islanders either.

Flyers Mean Business Off The Ice Too

11 Nov

Jaromir Jagr is a busy man. He’s back in the NHL at 39-years-old, ranked second on the Flyers in both goals and overall scoring. He’s holding unofficial practices in the middle of the night at the Skate Zone. But his NHL career is only half of it.

Many know that Jagr was granted a $3.3 million, one-year contract by the Flyers over the summer. But he won’t keep it all. A lot will go back home to the Czech Republic where he owns HC Kladno, his hometown team that he started playing for when he was 12.

Jagr’s father owned the team for 17 years before giving it to his son. He now oversees the whole operation.

“My dad was 100 percent owner,” said Jagr. “He didn’t want to do it anymore. He just gave it me.”

Ever since, Jagr has been tasked with finding players, personnel and money to keep the operation running.

“Right now it’s OK, but in the summer it’s kinda tough because you have to find the money to sign the players,” said Jagr. “The summer was kind of crazy that way.

“This year it was easier because the sponsors know they’re getting my team plus me in the same deal. It’s pretty good. It was a crazy summer, but it was good.”

Jagr was one of the first to sign in the NHL this free agent season but one of the last to arrive to camp. He had good reason, staying in the Czech Republic to prepare the Knights of Kladno for their season. He had to set up for lost funds and part of his salary will help.

“Last year it [lost] $700,000,” said Jagr. “When you add it over 17 years, it’s a lot of money. You’ve got to find good sponsors.”

The latest is SAZKA, the largest operator of betting games, number and instant lotteries in the Czech Republic. Jagr recently shot a commercial that is airing overseas, but the funds will benefit the hockey club.

Running a franchise in the Czech Republic is far different than an NHL team. There aren’t just one or two teams in the farm system. Teams over there have a responsibility to the entire community.

“It’s not only professionals. You’ve got all the kids from Grade 1,” said Jagr. “It’s working kind of different than here in the U.S. Every team has a farm system. Not only that, but the kids starting from age four or five ‘til they’re 21.

“You have to support the kids too. That’s the whole package. The kids want to play hockey. They come to the arena and you kind of take care of them. Hopefully they become good players and later on they play for your team.”

There is far more to be invested overseas than simply drafting a player like in North America. It’s certainly not an easy task. For Jagr, the organization was dumped in his lap when his father didn’t want to do it anymore.

“A lotta headaches,” Jagr said jokingly. “That’s why he didn’t want to do it. Smart.”

Some, like Kimmo Timonen, have sentimental reasons to be invested in the process of owning a team. Timonen owns eight percent of his hometown team, the Kalevan Pallo (KalPa) in the SM-liiga in his home country of Finland. The majority owner is former Flyer Sami Kapanen who is the general manager.

Timonen bought in more than a decade ago.

“Way back then, the team wasn’t doing that well,” said Timonen. “We felt like if we put some money into it, we could make it better. Right now we’re leading the league.

“That’s my hometown team. I played for them during the lockout too. That was the main reason. It wasn’t doing that well and we felt like we could do something pretty cool to help the team out and make them better.”

As a minority owner, Timonen doesn’t have to deal with the day-to-day operations like Jagr does.

“There’s a lot of good people there and Sami is doing that. I’m a silent partner. I don’t actually want to be any more than that.”

He still pays attention, though. His brother and former Flyer Jussi Timonen is under contract until 2013. He also got others involved in the investing process. A few years ago, Scott Hartnell also bought in and owns five percent of the team.

“I told him if he wants to put some money into it, I’d be happy to take it,” said Timonen. “He said ‘Yeah, I can put some money into it.’ He owns a little bit of my hometown team.”

After Timonen and Co. came to the rescue, KalPa is doing “good, really good,” in the financial department and is battling with the Lahti Pelicans — gargantuan Flyers’ goalie prospect Niko Hovinen’s team — for first place in the standings.

Timonen says just to make a financial contribution was enough for him. He likely won’t have the same responsibility that Jagr does after his playing days are over.

“I don’t think so,” said Timonen. “I’ve got a lot of other things going on back home. That’s something I did 10, 15 years ago. It’s great to see them doing well, but when I’m done I’m gonna go into a different area.”

Jagr, on the other hand, will likely have a hand in Kladno’s team for quite some time, especially with 100 percent ownership.

“I didn’t want to be a minus,” said Jagr talking about the team’s financials. “Working hard for 10 hours a day and be a minus. I just want to break even. Thank you, Flyers.”