By Allan Muir
If you skated as a defenseman for the Philadelphia Flyers on opening night, now might be the time to invest in a high-quality protective plastic bubble.
Only Luke Schenn and Kurtis Foster remain standing from that ill-fated group after Kimmo Timonen’s season officially came to an end today. The team announced that the veteran is done for the year after suffering a compression fracture in his foot.
Matthew Konan, who was signed as an undrafted overager out of Medicine Hat last April, was called up Monday. Assuming he doesn’t snap an ankle hailing a cab or suffer a serious sunburn between now and tonight, he could be the 13th player to suit up on the Philly blueline this season.
If Konan gets the call, he’ll join fellow rookies Brandon Manning and Oliver Lauridsen along with second-year man Erik Gustafsson on a group that puts the blue in blueline.
The Flyers also recalled veteran Andreas Lilja from the AHL.
Timonen, meanwhile, becomes the fifth Flyers defender to suffer a season-ending injury. Nicklas Grossmann (lower body injury), Braydon Coburn (shoulder), Andrej Meszaros (shoulder) and Bruno Gervais (stomach injury) beat him to the press box, as did Chris Pronger and Marc-Andre Bourdon, who have been out all year with concussion-related problems. Kent Huskins, who suffered a concussion on April 15, isn’t listed among that group but is unlikely to play in any of Philly’s final three games.