NHL Trade Speculation: Will Timonen's Injury Force Flyers to Make a Trade?

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NHL Trade Speculation: Will Timonen's Injury Force Flyers to Make a Trade?
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Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't put out an article lately, I've been busy moving. Anyway, let's get to it!

Just when things seemed to be getting back on track for the Philadelphia, the Flyers suffered another injury on the blue line. 

Kimmo Timonen was injured during a first-period shift and missed the second half of the period before returning in the second period for three shifts, according to CSNPhilly.com. He then left the game for good. 

Timonen was seen wearing a wrist brace on his left wrist after the game, and his status is still unknown at this point. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren seems to think Timonen's injury isn't something that will keep him out of the lineup for too long, but the fact that the Flyers still haven't made his status known seems to tell a different story.

"We’ll know more tomorrow," Holmgren said. "We don’t think it’s anything too serious."

While Kimmo's injury may not be a serious one, it's still a huge blow to the Flyers. They're already without the services of Chris Pronger for the remainder of the season, and having Timonen out of the lineup would certainly be devastating.

Meanwhile, in Boston last night, the Calgary Flames got quite possibly the biggest beatdown of the season, getting absolutely blown away by the Boston Bruins in a 9-0 loss.

Hockeybuzz.com's Eklund is reporting that this game is the final straw for the Flames, who have struggled in recent years but have neglected to pull the trigger on a major trade that could send a player like Jarome Iginla or Jay Bouwmeester out of town.

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While I think it's a long shot that the Flyers acquire Jarome Iginla, it could still happen. That said, I have a sneaking suspicion that the Flyers could be interested in the services of Jay Bouwmeester.

The Calgary Flames will make a move, there is no question about it. It will happen soon and it will happen fast. It could even happen as soon as the weekend. According to Eklund, the Capitals and Penguins are in serious talks with the Flames, but it would be foolish to think that these are the only two teams interested in prying players away from Calgary.

If I'm Paul Holmgren, I'm picking up my phone right now and asking Jay Feaster what it's going to take to pry Jay Bouwmeester out of town. 

While Bouwmeester isn't the shutdown defenseman the Flyers need, he would without a doubt fit into Peter Laviolette's system perfectly. He's got size, and he can put the puck in the back of the net. The Flames need to make a drastic move, and the Flyers could capitalize on Calgary's woes and acquire Jay for a few picks or prospects.

So, what do you think? Would Jay Bouwmeester be a welcome addition?


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