Kings claim Jones; Parent paired with Timonen

    The Flyers tried to push defenseman Randy Jones through re-entry waivers, but one of his former coaches wouldn’t let it happen.
    Jones was claimed Thursday by the Los Angeles Kings, whose head coach, Terry Murray, was a Flyers assistant in charge of the defense when Jones was part of the team
    The Kings and Flyers will share half of Jones' $2.75 million salary-cap hit _ $1.375 million apiece,

   "He certainly would have helped us," general manager Paul Holmgren said. "That's the risk you take, and what are you going to do?"

   Holmgren said he had talked to a few teams to gauge their interest in Jones. The Kings were obviously not one of them.

   When Simon Gagne returns from the long-term injured list down the road, his cap hit ($5.25 million) will be absorbed again and the Flyers will probably have only about $700,000 in cap space _ unless they send one of their extra players to the AHL Phantoms. 

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   Defenseman Ryan Parent, sidelined by a groin injury the last four games, is expected to return to action Saturday against Carolina and could be paired with Kimmo Timonen.
   Timonen (minus-10) and Braydon Coburn (minus-9) have struggled as a duo, causing coach John Stevens to place Timonen and Parent together at Thursday's practice.