Mar 16, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen (44) moves the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Flyers won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Flyers Rink Rats: Kimmo Timonen, Steve Coates

Steve Coates and Chris Therian are switching spots.

The long-time television analyst is moving to radio to pair up with Tim Saunders. Former Flyers defenseman Chris Therian will move to ice-level and take Coatesy’s spot between the benches.

I’m not sure why Coatesy and Therian are forced to switch positions. Comcast SportsNet is likely trying to make the Flyers broadcasts more professional with Therian.

I am a huge fan of Steve Coates. I grew up watching Coatesy’s Corner and loved his comedic relief during games. Jim Jackson, Bill Clement and Keith Jones do a great job calling each game, but Coatesy was there to keep things light. In no way am I criticizing Therian, I just believe in the mantra “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

I think they’re moving in the right direction.”-John LeClair on the state of the Flyers

Craig Berube has some advice for Vincent Lecavalier, who has gone through an interesting offseason: “Get over it.”

Lecavalier is one of the ultimate professionals in sports. He pointed the finger at himself for his poor performance. He could have used the new system and injuries as an excuse, but he laid the blame on himself. I’m rooting for Lecavalier to have a bounce back season.

Kimmo Timonen’s hockey career looks to be over, but his long-term health looks good. 

Timonen has returned to Philadelphia. He will undergo testing from the team’s doctors and his playing status will be determined from there.

Not long after his prognosis, a report came out that Timonen has a condition called Antiphospholid syndrome. In plain English, it could turn life threatening if not treated.

Timonen has said his priority is his health and his career is second.

John LeClair believes the Flyers are a playoff team with Ron Hextall running the show.

LeClair is much more optimistic than some fans. Making the playoffs is a difficult task, and the Flyers are facing an even tougher road with the absence of Timonen. The defensive unit will have to step up their game if the Flyers want to make the postseason again.

There are reports floating around about the NHL expanding to Las Vegas, Quebec City, Seattle and Toronto by 2017.

The NHL has come out and shot these reports down, but it does not mean expansion will not happen. An arena in Quebec City has taken shape and could be open by Sept. 2015. Rumors about the NHL moving to Seattle have always swirled, but nothing substantial has come of the rumors.

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