Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen back in practice
Timonen said that his foot felt much better and he was able to make a full practice. He added that he would see how it had progressed in the coming days to make the decision when to return to the active game.
“Felt pretty good,” he said when asked. “First full practice in six days. We’ll see how it feels tonight and tomorrow and go from there.”
Before the start of the Olympics break, the Flyers will be playing the Colorado Avalanches on Thursday and then on Saturday will be playing the Calgary Flames. On Thursday the Flyers played the Anaheim Ducks and lost 3-5. He was absent from the coming West Coast games due to the prevailing pain in left foot.
Timonen is looking forward to playing the games so he is motivated to attend them. Timonen said that the games would give him a great idea whether he had healed sufficiently to attend the Olympic games in Sochi where he would represent Finland.
Timonen said the games were important to him and so was the Olympics. He said he was optimistic about his recovery because he fared well in practice and was feeling ever better each day and was no fan of sitting out games, so he was desperate to get back in the action.
“I need to play this week. That was the first good practice in six days. If I can get two games, that’s better than one. If I feel good, then it’s [coach Craig Berube's] decision whether to play me,” Timonen said. “This was the first day I skated hard and we go from there. It feels better every day. Everybody is different in how they react. Hopefully, I’m fine tomorrow because I want to play. I hate missing games.”