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.Timonen, who has been in Finland since June, was feeling pain in his right leg for about three days blamed it on a pulled muscle. A friend of Timonen, who happens to be a doctor, noticed that it was not a muscle problem and recommended that Kimmo immediately go to the hospital. Once there, his doctors found multiple blood clots, in his lungs and leg. The doctors, who are in contact with the Flyers medical team said that Timonen, who was admitted yesterday, is in stable condition and should be released tomorrow on Wednesday the 6th. Following his release, Kimmo will be immobilized and not allowed to travel for about 3 weeks. After that, he will return to his home in Haddonfield, NJ where the Flyers doctors will evaluate him.
This is not the first time Timonen has suffered from a blood clot. Back in 2008, right before the playoffs, Timonen was diagnosed with a blood clot in his lower right left (near his ankle). Timonen missed some time, but returned later in the playoffs. According to WebMD, once you've had a blood clot, you are more susceptible to another one. So Timonen's future is now in question. But that's the last of the concerns right now.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Kimmo Timonen and his family right now.
In the meantime, new GM Ron Hextall is trying to figure out how to fill this massive hole left as Timonen was arguably the Flyers best defenseman. And Hextall responded immediately.
The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that they are signed defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a 1 year deal worth $1.3 million.
Del Zotto, 6'0" 193lbs, spent last year split between the New York Rangers and the Nashville Predators. In 5 seasons in the NHL, Del Zotto has played 327 games picking up 27 goals and 126 points.