James O'Brien

Get your Kleenex, Flyers fans: Video tribute for Timonen

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There was no speech from Kimmo Timonen, but maybe that’s fitting.

A short ceremony doesn’t represent his lengthy, successful career; that said, flying a bit under the radar does.

He was an excellent defenseman for the Nashville Predators and won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, but for many, he’ll always be a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.

The team honored him on Wednesday night, and there was some fun interplay between Timonen and Claude Giroux during the ceremonial puck drop:

Not every eye was dry, apparently:

Scott Hartnell provided a humorous, heartfelt tribute to Timonen, which you can see here.

So, what’s next for Mike Richards?

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Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi casts himself as something of a victim – if not jilted lover – as far as Mike Richards goes, but the bottom line is that his team benefited from the situation.

They essentially were given a salary cap slap on the wrist.

What about Richards, though?

His contract was an albatross for all involved, to the point that it’s easy to forget that he’s just 30. Will he be back in the NHL, then?

As you can see in the video above, Bob McKenzie’s answer is yes … eventually.

Richards’ legal situation still needs to shake out, and the league must decide how to handle the next step for the veteran forward, whether that be discipline and/or admission to the substance abuse program.

Long story short, though … we may see a day in which Richards gets to play against the Kings.

/gathers popcorn in advance

WATCH LIVE: Blackhawks at Flyers, honoring Kimmo Timonen

Kimmo Timonen
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The team Kimmo Timonen won a Stanley Cup with will visit the team Kimmo Timonen will likely most be associated with on Wednesday.

Translation: Timonen’s being honored by the Flyers in Philly while they take on the Chicago Blackhawks. It’s all a part of NBCSN’s latest edition of Wednesday Night Rivalry.

If you want to follow the action online, consult the link below.

WATCH LIVE

That stings: Blues put Fabbri on IR, recall Butler

Robby Fabbri, Mattias Janmark-Nylen
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The St. Louis Blues are being forced to shake off some early bumps and bruises (at least when they’re not causing them).

The team announced that Robby Fabbri was placed on IR while Chris Bulter was recalled from the AHL.

It’s a bummer about Fabbri, but not exactly a surprise. The Blues acknowledged that Fabbri suffered a concussion, and his timeline remains unclear.

Ken Hitchcock admitted to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Kevin Shattenkirk probably won’t play against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday. Calling up Butler makes plenty of sense with that in mind.

St. Louis is getting the job done so far early in 2015-16, yet these injuries keep expectations in check for a team with talent … but maybe a healthy portion of self-doubt.

Greene might be injured, but Kings aren’t saying much

Matt Greene, Boyd Gordon
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Matt Greene isn’t exactly a star defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings, but with the way things are going, the sinking team needs all the help they can get.

It appears as though Greene may have aggravated … whatever it was that he hurt during the pre-season (which they weren’t forthcoming about then, either).

About the only thing reporters could squeeze out of Darryl Sutter is that the coach hopes Greene can practice soon, and again, it’s probably related to the mystery ailment that may or may not be an upper-body injury.

(Kudos to the Kings for making murky information like “upper-body injury” seem like a revelation.)

So, how do Kings fans feel about all of this?

One guess: