Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen is being treated for blood clots in his home country of Finland, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Timonen was feeling pain in his leg and thought he pulled a muscle and went to the hospital by recommendation of his friend, a doctor.
“He was as shocked as anybody,” Hextall said today in a conference call. “I haven’t talked to him yet, I’ve reached out to him twice. He texted me. He seemed very frustrated, but I think we are happy for him and his three children that he’s doing fine.”
Timonen, who was one of the Flyers’ top defensemen last season, was expected to retire after last season. The 5-10, 194-pounder played 77 games for the Flyers this season scoring 35 points this season.
Hextall said that this could be a “long term situation” and that he’s not going to pressure young prospects to fill his role this fall, but rather sign a veteran to the squad.
“I hate to even speculate,” Hextall said. “The best I can say is that it could be a long term thing. Can he play at some point next season? I don’t have the answer to that. I know he’s in stable condition and doing well.”
Timonen will be discharged from the hospital in Finland tomorrow but he can’t travel for up to three weeks. When he is able to fly, Flyers team doctors will evaluate him and then the team will make their decisions based on his injuries.
But at the very least, the Flyers are attempting to do what’s best for Timonen first and the team second.
“There’s no other way to explain it, we will adjust and do whatever we can to make the team better,” Hextall said. “But we’re looking at the person, not the hockey player. From everything we’ve heard, Kimmo is resting and doing well.”