The Philadelphia Flyers have signed forward Oskar Lindblom to a three-year, $9 million contract extension on Wednesday. The team confirmed the news on Wednesday with a tweet on social media and a post on their official website.
The Masterton Trophy finalist will now be with the team through the 2022-23 season and his deal will carry a $3 million average annual value. It’s a strong deal for the Flyers and a bit surprising that the team would look after the contract before the play-ins began, but it’s a piece of business now taken care of.
Lindblom released a heartfelt message to his fans:
I am very excited to be a part of the Flyers for the next three seasons. 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.
Lindblom’s Amazing Story
Lindblom, 23, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in December, a rare form of bone cancer that ended his season prematurely. But, GM Chuck Fletcher says Lindblom has been cleared by his oncologist, his docs, and team medical staff to ramp up skating, training, etc.
This is great news considering during Phase 2 of the NHL’s return-to-play plan, Lindblom briefly skated with teammates. At that time, there was no timeline for him to return to game action. On whether or not he’ll see any game action in these playoffs, “I wouldn’t certainly put any limits on Oskar,” Fletcher said. “We’ll obviously do everything we can to protect him, but he’s looking forward to restarting his life and his career. Whatever that means, we’ll find out.”
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