Flyers’ Timonen suffers lower-body injury, won’t return


Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen suffered a lower-body injury blocking a shot on Tuesday and won’t return, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi reports.

There’s no word regarding how serious the 38-year-old’s injury might be.

The Finnish blueliner began the season slumping along with his team, as he failed to score a point in 11 October games. He’s turned things around nicely since then, however, so the Flyers would miss him if he is sidelined for an extended amount of time.

Carchidi reports that Mark Streit slid into Timonen’s spot with Braydon Coburn during Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Roy explains why he didn’t call time out

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Why didn’t Colorado coach Patrick Roy call timeout at some point during the Minnesota Wild’s four-goals-in-5:07 outburst last night in Denver?

A new NHL rule was a factor in his thinking.

“I was thinking about it, I won’t lie to you,” Roy said after his Avalanche blew a three-goal lead in the third period and lost 5-4.

“My only problem is, if I use my timeout I lose my challenge. Then if something happens and it’s a goal, then we cannot make any challenge, that’s the reason I did not do it.”

Before anyone jumps down his throat for saving something he’s unlikely to need, there was another factor, too.

“The other reason why  I didn’t do it was we had two TV timeouts, back to back,” he said. “We regrouped. We had time to talk. How long do we need? We had 45 seconds two times in a row before they scored I think the third and the fourth goal. We talked even after the fifth goal.”

As you can see, they did…talk.

The Avs are back in action Saturday versus Dallas.

Derek Roy signs in Swiss league

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Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.

Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.

The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.

A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.