On Wednesday, July 22 the Flyers announced they re-signed forward Oskar Lindblom to a three year deal worth $9 million. That breaks down to a $3 million cap hit per season. The forward was recently deemed cancer free after a seven-month battle with ewing’s sarcoma. Lindblom was in the middle of a breakout campaign, scoring 11 goals and 18 points in 30 games before his diagnosis, well on his way to shatter his previous career high of 17 goals and 33 points. He has recorded 57 points in 134 NHL games through his first three NHL seasons.
Also, Chuck Fletcher speculated that Lindblom will accompany the team to Toronto for their playoff run, becoming one of the 31 personnel the Flyers are allowed to bring, though he himself will not play.
Lindblom becomes the second restricted free agent to re-sign with the Flyers, as defenseman Mark Freidman signed a two year extension on July 13. That leaves Phil Myers, Nolan Patrick, Robert Hagg, and Nicholas Aube-Kubel as the remaining RFA’s on the Flyers roster.
UPDATE: Fletcher continued his press conference, saying-
Asked Fletcher if Lindblom would potentially practice with team in Toronto, even though playing would presumably be out of the question. “I don’t know what’s out of the question,” he said. -Charlie O’Connor
Fletcher said Lindblom will work out with team in Toronto and would be eligible to play. -Sam Carchidi
Some interesting updates about Lindblom’s potential timeline for a return, still sounds unlikely, but not out of the question.
By: Dan Esche (@DanTheFlyeraFan)
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