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Flyers' Hextall updates conditions of Mason, Timonen

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Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason had successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and will miss the next 2-3 weeks, and defenseman Kimmo Timonen could join the team for the morning skate next Tuesday, general manager Ron Hextall said Thursday.

Mason sustained his injury in the second period of the Flyers' 3-1 victory against the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

"Mason has been here for rehab and there's not much of an update other than to say the timeline is the same," Hextall said.

At the time of his injury, Mason was at the bench during a stoppage in play, and when he turned to skate back to his goal crease he immediately returned to the bench in pain, unable to put much weight on his right leg. He needed help from the Flyers' training staff to get off the ice.

"This was an acute injury which means it happened when it happened," Hextall said. "[There was no] previous injury, it was an injury that happened at that time. They can tell that when they go into the knee. It was pretty obvious. It's not a big deal what he's going through; it's pretty routine."

Mason is 11-12-7 with a 2.30 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 34 games. The Flyers recalled rookie Anthony Stolarz from their American Hockey League affiliate in Lehigh Valley on Monday, and he will serve as the backup to Ray Emery. Hextall said it should be closer to three weeks before Mason can actually rejoin the team.

"Two [weeks] is probably a little bit of a stretch," he said. "He's got to get on the ice, he's got to get comfortable and then he's got to get a few practices in. There's a chance he could be on the ice before then."

Timonen recently started skating and is hoping to return to play this season after being sidelined by blood clots.

"Kimmo skated and felt really good, so assuming he goes on the path he's going right now, the plan is for him to join the team on Tuesday for the morning skate," Hextall said. "Rather than a full practice, the morning skate I think is the first step. So that's the plan as of right now."

Hextall also updated the status of defensemen Braydon Coburn (lower body) and forward Michael Raffl.

Coburn, who has missed the past 11 games, could return on the road against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday or at home against the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

Raffl, who has been out of the lineup since Jan. 20 with pneumonia, remains doubtful.

"Whether he's ready to play or not physically is a question right now," Hextall said. "We don't feel like he's ready to play. I don't believe he's going to play [Friday], and then we'll see for Sunday. It's more for Raffle about getting his wind back and opening his lungs up and being able to handle the load that he needs to handle before we put him in there."

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