The Philadelphia Flyers may get a nice surprise with Oskar Lindblom potentially back in the fold in time for the post-season.
“We’re hopeful that Oskar will be one of our 31 players we bring to the bubble in Toronto,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “We’ve been working toward that. We’ll see how the next few days go, but that’s our goal. Our organization wholeheartedly believes in Oskar. Our players believe in him. [Coach Alain Vigneault] believes in him. And I believe in him.”
The Flyers signed Lindblom to a three-year contract worth $9 million on Wednesday.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Flyers for the next three seasons,” Lindblom said. “The support that the organization, the fans and the entire NHL has given me has been quite overwhelming. I can’t wait to get back skating with the boys and being the professional hockey player I know I can be. I want to thank the Flyers for giving me this opportunity, and I look forward to the day I’m back and contributing to the team’s success.”
As we know, the 23-year-old has been out of action since December after being diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. The rare form of cancer grows in the bones and soft tissue, occurring primarily in children and young adults.
Lindblom, who was initially expected to miss the rest of the season, completed his cancer treatments on July 2. He skated with teammates on June 23, the first time since the diagnosis. His last NHL game was on December 7 against the Ottawa Senators.
Lindblom is tied with Travis Konecny for the Flyers’ lead in goals with 11.
Philly is gearing up to face the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Washington Capitals in the round-robin portion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This series will determine the top four seeds into the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. The first game for the Flyers will be against the Bruins on August 2 in Toronto.
Lindblom was also named a finalist for the Masterton Trophy, given to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.