The Flyers announced on Tuesday defenseman Kimmo Timonen is being treated for blood clots in his right leg and both of his lungs. Flyers general manager Ron hextall released a statement, "Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has been diagnosed with blood clots in his lower right leg and in both lungs. Kimmo is currently being treated for this disorder back in his home country of Finland. His return to play is yet to be determined."
The 39-year-old Timonen signed a one-year, $2 million contract extension with the Flyers in June that features heavy incentives for the long-time Flyers defenseman.
This is a serious matter and hockey should be the last thing on Timonen's mind at this point. We just hope he gets better to live a healthy life. If that life includes hockey, then all the better but in the end it is his health that really maters.
The Finnish Olympian has been one of the most consistent players on the Flyers blue line for the last seven seasons. In 77 games this season, Timonen scored six goals and added 29 assists for 35 points. In seven seasons in Philadelphia, he has scored 38 goals and dished out 232 assists for 270 points. The 232 assists are 10 more than he had in eight seasons in Nashville.
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