The Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday apologized to Oscar Lindblom for the purpose of buying the final year of his 25-year cancer survivor contract.
General manager Chuck Fletcher said it was a “very difficult decision” to reduce the salaries of players who had recovered after Ewing’s sarcoma and replaced the pay-cap. Flyers will donate ,000 100,000 to an organization called Lindbloom in Philadelphia to help families affected by cancer.
“No one can question Oscar’s will, willpower and ability to get everything off the ice to get back to his favorite sport,” Fletcher said in a statement released by the team. “Oscar’s commitment to his teammates and the impact in our room is incomparable. He is truly an inspiration to all of us and will always be a special part of the Philadelphia Flyers family. We wish him the best of luck in continuing his NHL career. “
Lindbloom will become an unrestricted free agent with no claims after the NHL’s signing period opens on Wednesday. He was entering the final season of a three-year contract that was estimated to be $ 3 million more than Philadelphia’s salary cap.
Ottawa defender Michael Del Zoto, New Jersey forward Jan Cuokanen and San Jose forward Rudolf Balser were all set to buy for the final year of their contracts.
Lindblom is from Sweden and was selected by the Flyers in the fifth round of the 2014 draft after spending five seasons in Philadelphia. He was diagnosed with cancer in December 2019 and missed the rest of the season before playing 6 and 7 games in the second round of the Flyers series against the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference Playoffs in Toronto in August 2020. Due to COVID-19.
Lindbloom made a comeback the following season with eight goals and 14 points in 50 games and won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to a player who embodies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication.
In total, Lindbloom has 50 goals and 97 points in 263 career games.