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Philly defenceman Timonen, about to return from blood clots, traded to Chicago @NHLdotcom

The Chicago Blackhawks acquired defenceman Kimmo Timonen from Philadelphia on Friday for a 2015 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2016 fourth-rounder.

Timonen is set to return after being sidelined all season because of blood clots discovered in his leg and lungs last summer. The 39-year-old native of Finland has been expected to retire after this season, although the trade could change his plans.

In 1,092 NHL games, he has 117 goals and 454 assists. He ranks third among active NHL defencemen with 571 points while playing for Nashville and Philadelphia.

Timonen has played in five Olympics for Finland and has appeared in 87 Stanley Cup playoff games.

Chicago also placed defenceman Johnny Oduya on injured reserve.

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