Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5
Sam Karchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer provides an update on Kimmo Timonen's illness:
Kimmo is expected to be released from the hospital tomorrow; he's doing well, Hexy said.— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) August 5, 2014
David Strehle of the fourth period, Bill Meltzer of HockeyBuzz and Tim Panaccio of Comcast SportsNet provide comments from Flyers GM Ron Hextall, who spoke about Timonen's illness:
Hextall: "Kimmo is resting & doing fine. He can't travel for 2-3 weeks, then he'll come here for further evaluation."— David Strehle (@DStrehleTFP) August 5, 2014
Timonen still in hospital, feels frustrated but is in stable condition per Hextall.— Bill Meltzer (@billmeltzer) August 5, 2014
Hextall wants to sign a veteran FA or trade; NOT put pressure on his young prospects, he said— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) August 5, 2014
Hextall says they view this as "long term" and will now have to adjust thinking for the fall.— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) August 5, 2014
The Philadelphia Flyers received alarming news on Tuesday afternoon, as it was learned that defenseman Kimmo Timonen is being treated in Finland to treat several blood clots.
According to Flyers general manager Ron Hextall, via the team's official site, "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."
This isn't the first time that this issue has surfaced for Timonen, per Bob Herpen of TSN:
This is a surprise, not a total shock. Remember Timonen missed 4 games in the 3rd round in 2008 when a clot was found in one of his ankles.— Bob Herpen (@pelle31lives) August 5, 2014
Timonen also had a similar situation occur earlier in his career with the Nashville Predators, so unfortunately this has become a trend for the 39-year-old veteran. Now, the clots have surfaced in his lungs.
David Strehle of The Fourth Period shared a sentiment many were likely feeling after hearing the news:
Awful news personally for such a classy guy like Timonen. Also absolutely devastating news with regards to the Flyers' blue line.— David Strehle (@DStrehleTFP) August 5, 2014
Timonen is indeed a key member of the Flyers, and replacing him will be nearly impossible. He appeared in 77 games for the team last season, finishing with 35 points while being plus-five on the year and averaging just over 20 minutes of ice time per game.
Not only that, but replacing his veteran leadership in the locker room won't be easy for a club with many young players.
How this impacts Timonen's NHL career moving forward remains to be seen, but for now the primary concern will be that he makes a full and swift recovery.