Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen skating again after treatment for blood clots

Veteran Flyers defenseman Kimmo TImonen announced Thursday he would resume skating after being unable to since August, when he was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and leg. And the Flyers sure could use him back in the lineup.

In encouraging news for the Philadelphia Flyers and hockey as a whole, veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen Thursday announced he will be skating again Friday for the first time in eight months, in the hope of returning to NHL action after being diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and right leg:

Timonen, who signed a one-year contract extension to return to Philly this season, was first diagnosed in August with clotting in his lower right leg and lungs, and hasn’t played in a game since April 30. He’d been taking a blood thinner since the clots were discovered, and although treatment had cleared out the lung clots, he still had an issue with his leg in mid-January. However, he underwent subsequent tests to determine if he could attempt a comeback, and his social media message today suggests a positive answer to that question.

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It’s probably too late at this stage in the year for Timonen, who’s played 1,092 regular-season NHL games with the Flyers and Nashville Predators over 15 seasons, to come in, give Philly’s less-than-ideal defense corps a boost and help push them into a playoff berth; they’re 10 points behind the Bruins for the final wild card berth in the Eastern Conference. But the native of Kuopio, Finland has thousands of fans who want to see him return to action and retire under his own terms.