The Philadelphia Flyers chase for the Stanley Cup hit a major bump in the playoff road Thursday after it was discovered that All-Star defenseman Kimmo Timonen had a blood clot in his left ankle. He could be sidelined for the remainder of the playoffs.
The injury occurred during Game 4 against Montreal, when he was hit with a shot. Timonen, who has six assists in the post season, played through the pain in the deciding Game 5, but on May 8, following an MRI and a visit to vascular surgeon Dr. Ronald M. Fairman, the problem was diagnosed.
“It’s a quite serious thing,” Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren said. “He is on blood thinners and is not going to be available.”
There is no timetable as to when Timonen will be healthy enough to return.
“Well I don’t know if there is any medical procedure other than right now he is going to be taking some anti-coagulant or blood thinners,” Holmgren said. “The doctor’s feeling is that this will resolve itself over a period of time. How long a period of a time remains to be seen.”