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Flyers' Timonen undergoing treatment for career-threatening blood clots

Pittsburgh Penguins' Chris Kunitz knocks Philadelphia Flyers' Kimmo Timonen off the puck

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The Philadelphia Flyers say defenseman Kimmo Timonen is being treated for blood clots in his right leg and lungs.

General manager Ron Hextall issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying the 39-year-old was undergoing treatment for the disorder back home in Finland. He did not give any indication when the veteran might return to play in the NHL.

Timonen, who has spent the past seven seasons with the Flyers since being acquired in a trade with the Nashville Predators back in 2007, signed a one year, $3.5-million deal with the club back in June. He had six goals and 35 points in 77 games last season.

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A 10th round draft pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 1993, Timonen has played 1,092 career NHL games. The four-time Olympian was named the recipient of the Barry Ashbee Trophy for the third consecutive year as the team's most outstanding defenseman.

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