Author: Cam Tucker

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Flyers trade Kimmo Timonen to Blackhawks


Kimmo Timonen’s return to game action for the Philadelphia Flyers was put into question earlier Friday, and now we know why.

The Flyers, later in the day, traded the 39-year-old veteran blue liner, who has yet to play a game this season due to blood clots, to the Chicago Blackhawks.

“We’ve been working on this one for a while. He was the defenseman we really wanted,” said Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, as per Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.

From the Philadelphia Flyers:

The Philadelphia Flyers have traded defenseman Kimmo Timonen to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a second round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional draft pick in 2016, according to general manager Ron Hextall. Timonen, 39 (3/18/1975), was diagnosed with blood clots last summer and has missed the entire season due to the condition, but was recently cleared to play and has been preparing for a return to the ice for the past several weeks.

The 2013-14 season was Timonen’s seventh with the Flyers, over which time he recorded 38 goals and 232 assists for 270 points in 519 games. He is a five-time winner of the Barry Ashbee Trophy as the Flyers’ best defenseman, including the last three consecutive seasons, making him one of just three players (Howe, Desjardins) to win the award in three straight years.

More details on the deal from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN and TSN.



Report: ‘No substantial evidence’ that hockey players more likely to suffer blood clots

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There have been several high-profile cases recently of NHL players missing extended periods of time, or perhaps even having to end their playing careers, due to blood clots.

For instance, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis opened up about his condition, which is expected to keep him out of the lineup for six months, and his desire to still make it back to the NHL in an article for the Players’ Tribune.

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has battled blood clots in his lungs and leg, and is only now appearing close to a return, although it remains up in the air about when, exactly, that will be.

Goalie Tomas Vokoun, who recently retired from the NHL, was also diagnosed with a blood clot, which he said nearly killed him, in September of 2013.

While these stories appear to be more frequent, a report from The Canadian Press, which outlined these three cases, also cited a medical expert as saying there is a lack of evidence to suggest hockey players are more likely to get blood clots.

From The Canadian Press:

There’s no substantial evidence to suggest athletes, especially in a contact sport like hockey, are more likely to suffer blood clots than other people, according to Dr. William Geerts of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. With one out of every 1,000 people getting a clot each year, it’s not more prevalent in hockey players, but Geerts said trauma from injuries could play a factor.

“It’s possible that really intense athletic activity could induce some clotting,” he said. “In many people there are risk factors that would apply to all of us.

“So if I break my ankle, then I could get a blood clot, too, just like an athlete could.”

Reports: Gonchar, Parenteau expected back in Canadiens lineup

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The Montreal Canadiens could get veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar and veteran forward P.A. Parenteau back in the lineup Saturday, according to multiple reports.

On Friday, the Habs sent blue liner Jarred Tinordi and forward Christian Thomas to the Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL. Those transactions appear to be paving the way for Gonchar and Parenteau to get back in game action, with the Habs hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Gonchar hasn’t played since Feb. 14, when he was slammed from behind into the boards by former Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson. Of course, Clarkson was traded to Columbus on Thursday.

Parenteau last played Jan. 15 and has been dealing with concussion issues.

Flames’ Giordano, expected to miss game versus Islanders, takes warm-up (Updated)

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Mark Giordano was expected to miss tonight’s game against the New York Islanders due to an undisclosed injury. And that still might be end up being the case.

But the Flames captain and the club’s top defenseman took the ice for the pre-game skate, according to multiple reports.

Updated: The Flames announced that Giordano is a scratch for tonight’s game.

Flames GM plans to be ‘as aggressive as we can’ at the trade deadline


Not many expected the Calgary Flames to be in playoff contention by the NHL’s trade deadline, which is Monday, but here they are, fighting for a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

It’s an interesting position for the Flames, who entered this season in a rebuilding phase, to find themselves in.

They’re tied with the L.A. Kings at 70 points, but sit fourth in the Pacific Division and ninth in the conference. Both teams are in action Friday, although the Flames are right now without their top defenseman in Mark Giordano due to an undisclosed injury.

It is possible by Monday morning, the Flames are within that top-eight window, which begs the question: Will Calgary be a buyer at the deadline?

“We’re making up new terminology,” Flames GM Brad Treliving told earlier this week.

“We’re in a stage here where the play of our team has put us in a position that you’d like to help. You’d like to be able to help for our stretch drive. Having said that, you also want to be careful and cautious of the type of … whether it be young players, young prospects, draft picks … that you expose in a situation like this. We’re like everybody else. We’re listening.”

On Friday, Treliving didn’t hide that he’ll try and be aggressive at the deadline.

“I wouldn’t say I’m close. Things can change. We’re talking. There’s lots of conversations going on,” said Treliving. “Are we imminent? We hope; we expect and anticipate to get some business done. But again, I don’t know. You need somebody to say yes on the other line too.

“So we’re going to be as aggressive as we can. We’ll see where that gets us.”