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Flyers defenseman Timonen still has blood clot in leg

by Joe Yerdon

BUFFALO -- The blood clot in the lungs of Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has cleared up, but the one in his leg has not, general manager Ron Hextall said Saturday.

"We have to get more doctors reports and then we're going to huddle up with the doctors within the next few days and try and figure out a direction here that we're going to take," Hextall said.

Timonen was diagnosed with the blood clots in September and has not played this season. At 39 years old, there's a question as to whether he'll be able to play again this season or in his career.

"Kimmo wants to play," Hextall said. "If everything checks out right and he wants to play, then he can play. It's going to come down to the risk, where we are in the season and all that. He's also got a decision to make too. … Even if there's no risk and he doesn't feel comfortable playing, then we'll live with that. If he really wants to play and everything we hear from the [doctor] checks out, then we'll allow him to play."

Timonen has played 15 seasons in the NHL, seven with the Flyers. He has 38 goals and 207 points in his Philadelphia career. He spent his first eight seasons with the Nashville Predators.

"There's still a chance he can play, I just don't know how great it is or whatnot," Hextall said. "And then again, it's going to come down to Kimmo. Like I said, if there's a risk, we're not going to expose him to it."

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