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It’s a sick feeling thinking about Conor Timmins




EDMONTON, ALBERTA – Man, if I had one wish for this morning, it would be for Conor Timmins to wake up and just feel like he had a bit of a hangover and that’s it. Just a little headache, nothing that a little Advil and some good hot coffee couldn’t solve.

Because the thought of Timmins descending into the blackness of another concussion is just a little too much of a sick, sinking feeling right now.

This hit seemed to hurt Timmins last night, even though he did play a few shifts after this.

Again, Timmins played some after this. I think his final shift came with something like 14 minutes left in the second period, about five minutes after getting that hit from veteran Andrew Cogliano. But he was never seen past the 12-minute mark or so, and the Avs listed Timmins as out for the rest of the night.

We’ll know more – maybe – at coach Bednar’s press briefing today. If it’s another concussion? Well, that would be disastrous for the young Timmins, who missed a full year because of concussion symptoms following a hit taken while a junior player.

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Watching the replay over and over, I don’t like the hit by Cogliano. He comes in hard from the side and leans his shoulders right into the head. He practically had his back turned toward Cogliano, so you can argue that’s a boarding violation somewhat.

I asked coach Jared Bednar today what he thought of the hit, and while he obviously hated the result, he said he thought it was an “OK hit.” He’s probably right. Those kinds of hits happen a lot, and Timmins might have been guilty, a little bit, of putting himself in a vulnerable spot.

I just hope Timmins woke up, again, with that hangover feeling that goes away with some water and coffee and a good couple of Advil.

If Timmins can’t go for Game 7? I imagine it’s back to Kevin Connauton. Would I like to see Bo Byram instead? Yeah, probably. But I think Bednar might be a little too shy in putting in a rookie for his first playoff game as a Game 7.

We’ll know more soon, I hope.

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I say go with Bo. I know there are future contract timing issues, but let’s go for winning in the next 2-3 years. Then again . . . Game 7 . . . you’d hate to see a rookie mistake end up in the back of the net! Glad i’m not deciding – the safe choice is Connauton.

But wow, what a sinking feeling worrying about Timmins. I echo your sentiment, let’s hope it was just a precaution and he’s fine after a headache!

And hey – best case? Timmins can go tonight!

chippy play

I think you just stick with the boring choice, Connauton, with some many other pieces out. Particularly at goal.

Jared Moss

Not related to this post but was curious if your hearing any rumblings about people were interested in for the offseasn, I read your comment about murry was curious if you hear anything else? I know it’s hard to comment too cause we’re still trying to win this series! Go Avs go


I completely agree with you about Timmons. My fingers are crossed for him.

Jordan R Leonard

Maybe it is just me, but that looked more like a neck injury, it looked lije his neck was what was hit not his head

Matt Briggle

Really hope Timmins is alright and it’s not a concussion. He’s a fun player to watch, but most importantly he has a life to live. As for the here and now, I would agree that it is likely Connauton to get the call in game 7 if Timmins can’t go. I would not be surprised though if they turn to Byram in game 1 after they win (staying positive). I just don’t see them putting game 7 pressure on a 19 year old rookie for his first game. I don’t think the contract issue for Byram are an issue at… Read more »

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