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Flyers' Timonen out 'months'
Kimmo Timonen
Kimmo Timonen had been diagnosed with blood clots in his leg and both lungs.
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen will be out for a period of months as he continues to recover from a diagnosis of multiple blood clots.

In a Thursday afternoon press conference, Flyers GM Ron Hextall stated that the condition of his veteran blueliner is such that an assessment of Timonen's readiness to return to the ice won't occur until the turn of the new calendar year.

"Kimmo will not play for a period of time here, meaning months. First and foremost we're concerned about him and his family," Hextall stated. "We really don't have any definitive answers. The one definitive we have is that Kimmo will not play ... for many months."  Full Story

Jackets, Johansen still far apart
Dan Di Sciullo, NHL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Considering the young franchise is coming off the first playoff appearance in team history, the Columbus Blue Jackets should be eager to get the 2014-15 season underway.

However, when NHL training camps open Thursday, the Blue Jackets could be without a key component of their memorable 2013-14 campaign as centerman Ryan Johansen remains unsigned.

Johansen, a restricted free agent, is taking a hard-line stance to negotiating his next contract, and part of his strategy could include holding out from training camp.  Full Story