The Flyers announced the blood tests came back on defenseman Kimmo Timonen showing signs of improvement but not enough to get him back on the ice. General manager Ron Hextall announced the blood clots in Timonen's lungs had cleared but the one in his right leg had not. Hextall added the team will not rule him out for the season but they also will not put him at risk.
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. He missed the first 45 games of the season with the blood clots in both of his lungs and his right leg.
The Finnish Olympian has been one of the most consistent players on the Flyers blue line for the last seven seasons. In 77 games last 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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