Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/27/14
For as helpless as Flyers GM Ron Hextall felt at the beginning of the month when he found out his best defenseman was stuck in another country with blood clots in his leg and both lungs, he was much more subdued Tuesday. That’s because Kimmo Timonen was en route back to the United States after he learned of the scary diagnosis a couple weeks earlier in his native Finland. Doctors wouldn’t allow him to get on an airplane for a couple weeks because of the clots. The 39-year-old defenseman, who signed a one-year extension in June, will probably never play hockey again, although no one will say it just yet. For now, Hextall is planning on Timonen not being around. He’s still anxiously waiting for the team doctors to take a look at the four-time All-Star and veteran of 15 seasons. Doctors in Finland reportedly diagnosed Timonen with “protein C deficiency,” a disorder that can be inherited or developed and sometimes leads to blood clots. Timonen’s clots were found when he thought he pulled a muscle in his leg and a friend recommended he go to the hospital. “We haven’t had a chance to look at him yet,” Hextall said, “but there’s something going on there.” There’s certainly reason to be concerned about Timonen’s hockey career, but his long-term health off the ice is not an issue in Hextall’s eyes. “Everything we’ve heard it’s all good news and things are going in the right direction,” the first-year general manager said. “We should know more in the next little while here.” If protein C deficiency is indeed the correct diagnosis, it’s a scary sounding one.
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