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Posted at 8:57 AM ET, 01/21/2011

Tomas Fleischmann out rest of season with blood clots in his lungs

By Cindy Boren

Tomas Fleischmann, traded by the Capitals to the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 30, will miss the rest of the season because of a blood clot in each of his lungs.

Fleischmann was given the diagnosis after experiencing shortness of breath in the morning skate.

"At the end of the day, fortunately this was discovered," Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman said. "He's a young man. This is a serious condition."

Fleischmann, according to the Avalanche team doctor, will be on blood thinners for several months and Sherman said he is expected to resume his career.

"The indications from our doctor is yeah, he'll live a quote-unquote normal life," Sherman said. "This is something that can be treated through medication. That's what I'm told."

The Caps traded Fleischmann for defenseman Scott Hannan.

By Cindy Boren  | January 21, 2011; 8:57 AM ET
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Hope Fleischmann recovers quickly. He was having a breakout in Colorado after the trade from Washington.

Tomas played well in Hershey and Washington and was a model player.

Unfortunately, he was a pending free agent whom the Caps weren't going to be able to afford to bring back and so the trade was made for Hannan.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | January 21, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Flash had blood clot problems earlier in his career as well. It was attributed to a flight to or from his native Czech Republic, I believe. The clots were in his legs, and he was placed on blood thinners then as well.

I wonder if this is an extension of that earlier issue, or if this speaks to a serious medical condition.

In either case, I hope Flash makes a speedy recovery.

Posted by: JohninMpls | January 21, 2011 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Get well soon, Flash!

Posted by: agalcius | January 21, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

having two blood clots within a couple of years is more than just suspicious. Unfortunately, I think it's highly likely he has clotting disorder which may be revealed in future tests. If so, he'll require blood thinners for the rest of his life, but may be able to extend his hockey career by using short lived heparin injections on days when not playing hockey. It's a shame he's not under contract for next year, as this will seriously impact offers he might receive.

As someone who plays recreational hockey and has had a PE, I hope to see him return to the NHL for many years.

Posted by: mai1231 | January 22, 2011 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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