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Flyers’ Timonen diagnosed with blood clots

Aug 5, 2014, 2:03 PM EDT

The Philadelphia Flyers announced Tuesday that defenseman Kimmo Timonen has been diagnosed with multiple blood clots and his return to play is yet to be determined .

Timonen, 39, has blood clots in his lower right leg and in both lungs according to a team release.

As Sarah Baicker of CSN Philadelphia points out, it’s the second time Timonen is dealing with blood clots:


Timonen is the latest player to deal with blood clots. Goaltender Tomas Vokoun missed the entire 2013-14 season as a result of a blood clot in his foot. It was the second time in his career Vokoun had to deal with blood clot issues.

Timonen, who signed a one-year $2 million contract with the Flyers on June 13, is being treated in his native Finland.

A 15-year NHL veteran, Timonen has spent the past seven seasons with Philadelphia.

  1. lowenni - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    That’s certainly not good for his career. Timonen is an absolute class act, has been his whole career. One of the few flyers I can say I really like…best of luck to him. He still deserves and needs to lift the Cup.

    • govtminion - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. Like the player, hate the laundry he wears. Great, tough-nosed player that I’d love to have had in a Boston uniform… best of luck during his recovery from this- having gone through it myself a number of years ago (two in my lower left leg following knee surgery), it’s not fun to recover from. You pretty much feel lightheaded all the time thanks to the anticoagulants they have you on, and every damn cut bleeds FOREVER.

    • phtjoey - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      His career!? How about his life…..

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    For as much as I hate the Flyers this is pretty terrible news for him. Hope he gets better.

  3. roryflyers - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    This is such a bummer. One of my all time favorite flyers.

  4. iwt5007 - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Is it possible for the Flyers to have a healthy Off-Season…Hopefully he gets back on his skates soon, we could really use his leadership this year. If this is a long-term issue like Vokoun had, I wonder if this opens up a spot for Ghost on the back-end?

  5. flyboystransport - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Best wishes health wise

  6. jpelle82 - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    dang man.

  7. petersteelewannabe - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Who is the tool thumbing down all the classy posts from rival team’s fans? To all those who do not like the Flyers but were kind enough to wish Kimmo well, thanks. To the anonymous POS clicking the Thumbs Down-grow up.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      Well said!

  8. sjsharks66 - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Horrible news, hopefully all will be well with him asap.

  9. mpops86 - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Adam McQuaid also dealt with one last year.

  10. phx7355 - Aug 6, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    Best of luck Kimmo! Hope you can play again

  11. girouxsalem89 - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    One of my favorite Flyers ever, sad news.

  12. iyaasq - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Does anyone else wonder if the recent spate of clots is at all related to steroid use?

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