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Chicago Blackhawks acquire D Kimmo Timonen from Flyers

The Blackhawks have sent two draft picks to the Flyers in exchange for defenseman and 15-year veteran Kimmo Timonen.
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The Chicago Blackhawks announced on Friday night they have acquired defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 NHL draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in the draft in 2016.

Chicago also announced that defenseman Johnny Oduya had been placed on injured reserve.

Timonen hasn't appeared in a game for the Flyers this season. Last year, the native of Finland had six goals and 29 assists in 77 regular season games.

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In 15 seasons with Nashville and Philadelphia, Timonen has 117 goals and 454 assists in 1,092 games, making him third among active defenseman with 571 points. He has four goals and 31 assists in 87 career Stanley Cup playoff games.

Timonen, 39, has taken part in five Olympics, recording three goals and 10 assists in 30 games, helping the Finnish team win bronze in 1998, 2010 and 2014 as well as a silver medal in 2006.

Timonen, who has appeared in four NHL All-Star games, was diagnosed with blood clots in his lungs and calf in August last year, injuries that have prevented him from taking the ice yet this season. The clots were initially thought to be career ending; however, Flyers management suggested in January that he could return this year.

Timonen said on Thursday, before the trade occurred, that he would be ready to play against the New York Rangers on Saturday if Philadelphia allowed him to do so.

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Chicago general manager Stan Bowman has said the team is also looking to add a forward before the trade deadline, due to Patrick Kane's recent placement on the long-term injured reserve list.

The Blackhawks are 37-20-5 with 79 points this season; the team is currently third in the NHL Western Conference's Central Division. Chicago plays the Tampa Bay Lighting at home on Friday.

- Christopher Woody