The Philadelphia Flyers and the National Hockey League announced awful news on Tuesday about veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen.
On Tuesday, Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Ron Hextall announced that Kimmo Timonen has been diagnosed with blood clots in his lower right leg and both of his lungs. His return is uncertain, but it is expected to be a long-term recovery.
Ron Hextall’s first statement on the matter is below.
“Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has been diagnosed with blood clots in his lower right leg and in both lungs,” Hextall said. “Kimmo is currently being treated for this disorder back in his home country of Finland. His return to play is yet to be determined.”
After releasing his first statement, Ron Hextall went more in depth on the situation with Kimmo Timonen.
“This could be a long-term thing and we have to prepare as an organization as if it is a long-term thing,” Hextall said. “Can he play at some point next season? I don’t have the answer to that. First and foremost, we’re worried about Kimmo Timonen the person, not Kimmo Timonen the hockey player.”
The Philadelphia Flyers, in hopes to replace Kimmo Timonen on the ice, signed defenseman Michael Del Zotto on Tuesday night. The deal will pay Del Zotto $1.3 million next season.
Michael Del Zotto tallied 41 points (10 goals, 31 assists) in the 2011-2012 season with the New York Rangers, but his numbers have gotten worse every season since.
Michael Del Zotto split last season with the New York Rangers and Nashville Predators. The 24-year-old defenseman will look to get his young career back on track in Philadelphia next season.