Philadelphia Flyers veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen has been diagnosed multiple blood clots in his lower right leg and both lungs, and has already been undergoing treatment. He’s in his home country in Finland and is being rehabilitated there. The Flyers have made a statement about the incident but at this point are unsure when Timonen will be back with the team.
Timonen Could Be Out A While
Although the current statements we’re hearing about Timonen’s status are vague, we really don’t know how long he’ll be out. There’s a good chance it could be well into the 2014-15 season.
This isn’t the first time that Timonen has dealt with blood clots as he had one in his left ankle back in the 2008 Eastern Conference Final. He ended up missing four games as a result.
The reality is that Timonen is 39-years-old and has a medical history of these injuries. Suffering any type of cut or opening on the ice next season could be very dangerous for him – especially if he’s on blood thinners.
We’re not doctors but it looks like there’s a very good shot this is the end of the line for Timonen but we’ll know more in a few weeks when he returns to Philadelphia.
Flyers Sign Del Zotto
In what was a direct reaction to the Timonen news, the Flyers signed former New York Ranger Michael Del Zotto to a one-year $1.3 million contract. Del Zotto is only 24-years-old and seems like a good value play but he worked himself out of a job in New York. When he broke onto the scene a few years ago, he was expected to be a top-four defenseman. In the last couple of seasons, he’s barely cut the mustard. Philadelphia is hoping that they can revive him.
How To Bet The News
This is tough news for the Flyers. They’re already over the salary cap and have a bigger payroll than any other team in the league. It’s not as if they have a lot of financial flexibility to handle this type of news. Timonen was only making $2 million this year but he’s a savvy veteran who is still very effective offensively. He was second on the team among defensemen with 35 points and was a quarterback on the power play.
On top of that, the Flyers aren’t exactly deep on the blue line. As you might recall, they’re already without Chris Pronger, who has been out for years on injury absence. They’re also paying Mark Streit, Andrew MacDonald and Braydon Coburn nearly $15 million between the three of them and none of them are exactly elite.
So what does this mean for their NHL betting odds? It means that the Flyers will continue to be mediocre. A couple of years ago, we thought this team was going to be a Stanley Cup contender. Then the fell off the wagon two years ago and had a really rough start to last year.
The bottom line is they’ve probably got the highest-paid defensive corps in the league but they don’t have a single player that can really shutdown a top line. That being the case, stay away from Flyers futures to win divisions, win the Cup and even go over regular season point totals. They’re stuck in the middle of the pack for now.