Kimmo Timonen

Flyers’ Timonen diagnosed with blood clots


The Philadelphia Flyers announced Tuesday that defenseman Kimmo Timonen has been diagnosed with multiple blood clots and his return to play is yet to be determined .

Timonen, 39, has blood clots in his lower right leg and in both lungs according to a team release.

As Sarah Baicker of CSN Philadelphia points out, it’s the second time Timonen is dealing with blood clots:


Timonen is the latest player to deal with blood clots. Goaltender Tomas Vokoun missed the entire 2013-14 season as a result of a blood clot in his foot. It was the second time in his career Vokoun had to deal with blood clot issues.

Timonen, who signed a one-year $2 million contract with the Flyers on June 13, is being treated in his native Finland.

A 15-year NHL veteran, Timonen has spent the past seven seasons with Philadelphia.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?