Monday, September 26, 2022

Flyers resign from Lindblom and donate $100K to cancer organization

The Philadelphia Flyers placed forward Oskar Lindblom on waivers Tuesday with the intention of buying out the final year of the 25-year cancer survivor’s contract.

General manager Chuck Fletcher called it a “very difficult decision” to free up cap space by cutting a player who has recovered from Ewing’s sarcoma diagnosis. The Flyers will donate $100,000 in Lindblom’s name to a Philadelphia organization that supports families affected by cancer.

“No one can question the desire, the will and the strength to overcome everything Oskar has been through off the ice so he can get back into the game he loves,” Fletcher said in a statement released by the team. “Oskar’s commitment to his teammates and impact on our room has been immeasurable. He is truly an inspiration to all of us and will always remain a special part of the Philadelphia Flyers family. We wish him all the best as he continues his NHL career.”

Unless claimed, Lindblom will become an unrestricted free agent once the NHL signing window opens on Wednesday. He was entering the final season of a three-year deal, which was worth $3 million against Philadelphia’s salary cap.

Ottawa defenseman Michael Del Zotto, New Jersey forward Janne Kuokkanen and San Jose forward Rudolfs Balcers also received waivers in order to buy out the final year of their contracts.

Lindblom is from Sweden and was selected by the Flyers in the fifth round of the 2014 draft and spent five seasons in Philadelphia. He was diagnosed with cancer in December 2019 and missed the rest of the season before returning to play Games 6 and 7 in the Flyers’ second-round series loss to the New York Islanders in August, when the playoffs of the Eastern Conference were played in Toronto due to COVID-19.

Lindblom returned the following season, scoring eight goals and 14 points in 50 games and winning the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.presented to a player who best embodies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication.

Overall, Lindblom has 50 goals and 97 points in 263 career games.

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Associated Press sportswriter Dan Gelston contributed.

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