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Flyers’ Timonen diagnosed with blood clots

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.

With Timonen shelved, what’s next for Philly?

On Tuesday, the Flyers announced veteran d-manKimmo Timonen was diagnosed with blood clots in his lower right leg and both lungs, and is currently being treated for the disorder in his native Finland.

While there’s no timetable for Timonen’s return, GM Ron Hetxall said the club views this as a “long-term” situation, suggesting the Flyers are prepared to start the season without the 39-year-old, and possibly play the entire campaign minus his services.

With that in mind, here’s a look at what Philadelphia faces moving forward.

What’s left

Philly’s new projected top-six defense is Mark Streit, Braydon Coburn, Andrew MacDonald, Nicklas Grossmann, Luke Schenn and former Edmonton/Minnesota/Columbus rearguard Nick Schultz, who was signed in free agency. Even with Timonen in the mix, the group wasn’t exactly awe-inspiring — without him, it’s a trouble area for sure.

Compounding things is Philly’s lack of solutions within the organization. The team has taken d-men with their first picks in consecutive drafts (Samuel Morin in ’13, Travis Sanheim this year), but neither has played a game of professional hockey and aren’t immediate solutions. Highly-touted college standout Shayne Gostisbehere is a little older (21) and a little more experienced, but still only has two games under his belt with AHL Adirondack.

Speaking of Adirondack/Lehigh Valley, the Phantoms present a few other options as well. RFA Brandon Manning’s been up with the Flyers on a few occasions, as has Olivier Lauridsen. Robert Hagg, a Swedish d-man taken in the second round in ’13, played 10 games for the Phantoms last year and could warrant a look too.

What’s out there

Given all the aforementioned names have such little big-league experience, it’s not surprising that Hextall wants to wade into the free agent and trade market:


Bringing someone aboard via either avenue will prove tricky. The Flyers are currently $3 million over the cap but will get LTIR relief from Chris Pronger ($4.9M) and, possibly Timonen ($2M) — which would give Hextall room to work with, albeit not that much. There have been rumblings about Philly having interest in ex-Rangers and Predators rearguard Michael Del Zotto, who could be a good gamble at a relatively low cost given his reputation is “in tatters,” according to the New York Post.

The rest of the available free agents are… well, uninspiring to be totally honest. Sami Salo, Henrik Tallinder, Ed Jovanovski, Derek Morris, Douglas Murray, Francis Bouillon and Shane O’Brien are a few of the names out there, but they’re out there for a reason.

In the end, this is a tough situation for both Timonen and the Flyers and there doesn’t appear to be a quality solution on the horizon. It’s the first real crisis moment in Hextall’s tenure as GM, and it’ll be interesting to see how he handles it.

Someone was going to sign Del Zotto, might as well be Philly now...

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Sorry to hear about Timmonen, hope he recovers fully.

I think they really need a RHD, and Salo is a fellow Finnish (also the same age I believe). To me it would make more sense if they snatch Salo than MDZ.

Everybody on their D is left handed apart from Luke Schenn, so adding another right hander would make a lot of sense.

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Sad to hear about Timonen. Hopefully he can recover and continue his NHL career.

Seems that Del Zotto would be the best fit. Though of course I'd prefer they sign Salo, just so that he can continue playing. Interesting that there's 3 former Canucks mentioned as free agent possibilities.

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That could be then end of his career.

I think Salo is a near perfect replacement. Old timer with terrific pedigree who plays a similar game to Timmonen, smart, and uses size an as compared to playing fast. Also Derek Morris is a Philly type player but not sure what he has left in the tank.

You know Salo is like my old Topaz, that thing is still running on fumes somewhere.

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Minimum 3 months on blood thinners, then if improving can come off. The PEs will probably mean more like six months and they will limit training significantly depending on size. With a propensity to blood clots and the travel schedule of the NHL for a 39 year old I would just hang-em up. Not worth it.

That D is awful and MDZ pretty much is what they have but worse. They really need more of a SOB or Salo type. Even then not good. They should be exciting to watch though.

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Everybody on their D is left handed apart from Luke Schenn, so adding another right hander would make a lot of sense.

With Philly needing a RHD as bad as they do, does it create an opportunity for the Canucks to trade Tanev and Hansen to Philly for Wayne Simmonds? $4.5M cap hit goes to Philly and $4M comes back to Vancouver...with Pronger on LTIR, Philly can do this without any problem.

Then to fill the hole created by trading Tanev, how about Benning trades a couple of prospects (say, Jordan Subban and one of Mike Zalewski or Ronalds Kenins or Dane Fox) for Johnny Boychuk? This helps the Bruins get some flexibility with their cap (though it handcuffs us).

We could go into the season with the following line up:

FORWARDS

Daniel Sedin ($7.000m) / Henrik Sedin ($7.000m) / Radim Vrbata ($5.000m)

Alexandre Burrows ($4.500m) / Nick Bonino ($1.900m) / Wayne Simmonds ($3.975m)

Shawn Matthias ($1.750m) / Linden Vey ($0.735m) / Zack Kassian ($1.750m)

Chris Higgins ($2.500m) / Brad Richardson ($1.150m) / Derek Dorsett ($1.633m)

Tom Sestito ($0.750m) /

DEFENSEMEN

Alexander Edler ($5.000m) / Kevin Bieksa ($4.600m)

Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m) / Johnny Boychuk ($3.367m)

Luca Sbisa ($2.175m) / Yannick Weber ($0.850m)

Ryan Stanton ($0.550m) /

GOALTENDERS

Ryan Miller ($6.000m)

Eddie Lack ($1.150m)

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That sucks for Timonen. When was the last time Philly had a decent defence?

With Philly needing a RHD as bad as they do, does it create an opportunity for the Canucks to trade Tanev and Hansen to Philly for Wayne Simmonds? $4.5M cap hit goes to Philly and $4M comes back to Vancouver...with Pronger on LTIR, Philly can do this without any problem.

Then to fill the hole created by trading Tanev, how about Benning trades a couple of prospects (say, Jordan Subban and one of Mike Zalewski or Ronalds Kenins or Dane Fox) for Johnny Boychuk? This helps the Bruins get some flexibility with their cap (though it handcuffs us).

We could go into the season with the following line up:

FORWARDS

Daniel Sedin ($7.000m) / Henrik Sedin ($7.000m) / Radim Vrbata ($5.000m)

Alexandre Burrows ($4.500m) / Nick Bonino ($1.900m) / Wayne Simmonds ($3.975m)

Shawn Matthias ($1.750m) / Linden Vey ($0.735m) / Zack Kassian ($1.750m)

Chris Higgins ($2.500m) / Brad Richardson ($1.150m) / Derek Dorsett ($1.633m)

Tom Sestito ($0.750m) /

DEFENSEMEN

Alexander Edler ($5.000m) / Kevin Bieksa ($4.600m)

Dan Hamhuis ($4.500m) / Johnny Boychuk ($3.367m)

Luca Sbisa ($2.175m) / Yannick Weber ($0.850m)

Ryan Stanton ($0.550m) /

GOALTENDERS

Ryan Miller ($6.000m)

Eddie Lack ($1.150m)

I would begin working on a shrine of Benning if he managed to pull that off. It'll take a lot more to get Simmer but if he did, wow.
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I would begin working on a shrine of Benning if he managed to pull that off. It'll take a lot more to get Simmer but if he did, wow.

It's first week of August, Pears...it's okay to dream at this time of the year, isn't it? Now that Philly has signed Del Zotto, it looks even more like wishful thinking on my part.

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