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Timonen (blood clots), who skated with the Flyers on Friday, believes he is at least two weeks away from returning to game action, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Friday's session was the start of a de facto training camp for Timonen, who has been off the ice since August, when he was first diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and right leg. The clots in his lungs have since dissipated, and while his leg isn't fully cleared of the issue, doctors don't believe Timonen's desire to continue playing will have significant long-term consequences. At this point, it appears the only hurdle in the way for Timonen is simply to get conditioned. Once healthy, the 39-year-old would likely reclaim a top-four role on defense for the Flyers after leading all of the team's blueliners in scoring with 35 points a season ago.
Kimmo Timonen D PHI 22 Days
Timonen (blood clots) plans to resume skating with the Flyers on Friday, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
After talking things over with doctors, it appears Timonen will attempt to make a comeback from the blood clots in his leg. There's undoubtedly still plenty of risk for Timonen's long-term health at stake with the return to action, so it's not necessarily a lock that he will end up playing this season if he endures complications in his workouts. Since he's been sidelined since the clots were discovered in August, Timonen will likely require several weeks to get his conditioning up to par, making it difficult to pinpoint a potential timetable for his return.
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Flyers general manager Ron Hextall refuted coach Craig Berube's claims that Timonen (blood clots) was set to return later in the season, suggesting a decision on the blueliner's status hasn't been made yet, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "Kimmo communicated with us: 'I'm coming back?' I said, 'What do you mean?' He said, 'Well, it's on TV," Hextall said. "Kimmo and myself don't know whether Kimmo is coming back."
While Berube never explicitly said Timonen would return to action this season, his apparent optimism was enough for media outlets to take the leap and report as much. Hextall's refutation of the story doesn't indicate Timonen won't return this season; the Flyers are simply awaiting more information from doctors regarding the blueliner's test results. A more official announcement on Timonen's status should come before long.
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Timonen (blood clots) is preparing for a late-season return, NJ.com reports.
Timonen has dealt with blood clots in his lungs and right leg, which made retirement a very real possibility. The clots in his lungs are now gone, and while he's still dealing with the issue in his leg, Timonen may be able to play without making a full recovery. It's still unclear when he will resume skating, so a potential return is quite a ways off. It does sound as if Timonen and the Flyers consider his return to be far better than a 50/50 proposition.
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Timonen's medical checkup with doctors revealed Saturday that he is no longer experiencing blood clots in his lungs, but still is experiencing clots in his legs, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
While the partially good news is better than no good news at all, the fact that Timonen still has clotting of any sort will likely prevent him from taking the ice in the near future. The 39-year-old Timonen remains hopeful of keeping his career going, but he'll look to make a final decision on his status after consulting with multiple doctors during a conference call next Wednesday. Timonen was first diagnosed with the blood clots back in August and hasn't practiced with the Flyers since.
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Timonen (blood clots in leg) will have a CT scan at some point in mid-January, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Multiple medical experts will assess Timonen's scans to determine whether the blueliner can continue his career, or if the clots will force his retirement. Even if Timonen receives good news on that front, he'll remain at risk for further clotting should he decide to keep playing. Given his advancing age and the life-threatening ramifications at hand, it still seems unlikely that he'll suit up at any point in the second half, and quite possibly, ever again.
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Timonen (blood clots) in leg confirmed Thursday that the chances of him playing this season are "really slim," Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Though he didn't announce his retirement as some expected Thursday, Timonen acknowledged that the blood clots in his lungs and right leg will keep him out multiple months, putting his career in jeopardy. Timonen will wait and see what kind of progress he makes in the coming weeks as he waits for the blood clots to dissipate, but it sounds entirely possible that we've seen the last of the respected defenseman in the NHL. Even in the deepest of leagues, it's tough to justify stashing him on the bench until he returns to health, since it's certainly far from a given that that will happen by the end of the season.
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Timonen (blood clots) plans on playing in the Flyers' benefit golf invitational Sept. 16, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Obviously, participating in a golf outing is a far cry from getting back on the ice, but it at least provides an apparent indication that Timonen is making progress. However, his condition is still viewed as a long-term concern, and the Flyers seem to be preparing for the upcoming season with the assumption that Timonen won't be available at any point.
Kimmo Timonen D PHI 6 Months
Timonen (blood clots) is back in the U.S. after undergoing treatment in Finland, but the Flyers are planning as though he won't be contributing to the squad this season, reports the Courier-Post.
"We haven't had a chance to look at him yet," general manager Ron Hextall said, "but there's something going on there" when asked if Timonen was on a regimen of blood thinners like warfarin or herparin. Both drugs are used to prevent clots from developing in the future, but put the patient at risk of bruising and make it hard to get bleeding wounds to clot. Hockey would definitely be off-limits because of the body contact, but Timonen is making good progress.
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Timonen is dealing with blood clots in both of his lungs, as well as his right leg, Rogers Sportsnet reports.
Timonen, at 39 years old, just signed a one-year deal to remain with the Flyers this season; however, given his grave health concerns, the team is unsure about his playing status. The goalie is currently receiving medical treatment in Finland, where we send him out best wishes in overcoming such serious complications.