Four For The Road: Disaster For Philadelphia?

Kimmo Timonen
Kimmo Timonen
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Just when you think the summer cannot take another crazy turn, too late it just did. That is the thing with the NHL. Everything can change in just a moment. Today’s “Four For The Road” hits on the Philadelphia situation first and then a few other nuggets of wisdom along the way.

The hockey landscape is still moving fast, even in August. It is hard to believe that in a little over a month, training camps will be underway. So what will happen next? That is yet to be determined. Here comes another “Four For The Road”.

Four For The Road

1. Kimmo Timonen has three blood clots and may not play hockey again.

This one had to hit the Flyers like a roundhouse right! The bottom line to be taken from this is that Timonen has three clots including one in each lung. It seems like the prognosis is not good from early tests and findings. I do not know how true the following tweet is but at least a few medical experts have said kind of the same.

Rumor – I’m told by two sources tonight that barring a drastic change in his condition Kimmo Timonen’s career is likely over

The relief the Flyers had experienced after signing Timonen to another one year deal has now been replaced by having to sign Michael Del Zotto. The scary thought for fans in Philadelphia is a possible first pairing of Mark Streit and Andrew MacDonald. That is not likely but the fact there is even a chance has to scare the living daylights out of everyone. Needless to say, goalie Steve Mason is going to have that much more of a difficult job this season. Okay, Philadelphia will have to score more goals obviously. It has an undeniable domino effect. Stay tuned!

2. Aaron Ekblad is already injured?

Yes this may be very minor but Ekblad looked very wobbly after taking a hard hit in last night’s game against the Czechs. This is a scrimmage/tune-up for the World Juniors but you would not have known it after he was freight trained. Hopefully the prognosis is not too bad and he can get back out on the ice soon. A bigger question may be does Florida even allow him to play in the WJC?

3. At what point do the injuries stop?

The fact that this is already being asked is a sign. Fantasy hockey and hockey fans alike are almost scared to think the bevy of injuries that could befall training camps in September. Just be warned! You will hear more about groin injuries than you could ever care about.

4. Last but not least, do you want to join a fantasy hockey league?

If so, by all means inquire in the comments section. The goal is to form sort of a reader’s fantasy league with a few writers. This would be free and all for fun and bragging rights. Standard rules apply and all that fun stuff as they say. At the very least, it should be rather competitive.

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Chris Wassel
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