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.
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.