Flyers trade Kimmo Timonen to Blackhawks

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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.