Talbot, Flyers work out, wait during NHL lockout
Where he goes from here? Like everything else in the NHL these days: To be determined.
"I want to play hockey," Talbot said, adding he would likely return overseas if the NHL season is wiped out.
Talbot, and most Flyers fans, need a refresher on the team's moves following a 103-point season and a second-round loss to New Jersey in the playoffs.
The Flyers lost out on free-agent stars Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Jaromir Jagr and Matt Carle left. And they traded James van Riemsdyk. The biggest offseason additions, on the other hand, were Gervais, defenseman Luke Schenn and left wing Ruslan Fedotenko.
But the lineup is far from set. General manager Paul Holmgren, after all, may have quite a bit more maneuvering ahead if the Flyers are forced to get under a slashed salary cap that could be put in place under a new labor deal.
Talbot and the rest of the scaled-back Flyers have to rent ice time at the team's practice rink and cannot dress in the Flyers' locker room. Meszaros, however, was allowed to work with team trainers because he was injured. He tore his right Achilles' tendon training in Slovakia and would not have been ready to start the season in October. Because of the lockout, Meszaros could be cleared if the puck really does drop in two weeks.
"It's still not there where I want it to be," Meszaros said. "I want to make sure it's 100 percent because I don't want to come back soon."
Only injured players would consider a mid-January NHL return, "too soon." The rest of the league, meanwhile, can't wait to get a fair deal and get back on the ice.
But the time off hasn't been completely wasted. Shelley, a 12-year veteran, joked that he's been playing "Mr. Mom."
Timonen, who had surgery in May to remove a disc fragment from his lower back, passed on a chance to return to his native Finland to play. He's been a stay-at-home dad and tagged along on road trips to watch his 13-year-old son play on a youth hockey team.
"If there's something good about the lockout, at least I've been able to get healthy and spend time with my family," he said. "It's been great. I've got to be honest, there are a lot of weekends I didn't miss hockey that much. ... I probably saw my son play now more than his whole life. It's been fun."
But it's time to get back to work.
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