Oskar Lindblom returns to Philadelphia with San Jose Sharks


The one factor Oskar Lindblom is considering proper now’s making an attempt to assist the San Jose Sharks win hockey video games. Most cancers isn’t even on his radar.

“I am going each fourth month,” for a scan, Lindblom mentioned final week. “It’s a daily factor. Nothing that I actually take into consideration.”

In Dec. 2019, Lindblom, then 23 and an up-and-coming ahead for the Philadelphia Flyers, was having fun with a profession season with 18 factors in 30 video games when he was identified with Ewing’s sarcoma, a kind of bone most cancers. He started remedy instantly and was sidelined for the remainder of the common season.

In July 2020, he accomplished his radiation remedies and returned to the Flyers lineup by early September, dressing for 2 video games within the postseason bubble in Toronto.

Lindblom, who turned 26 in August, returns to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Middle for the primary time Sunday since he grew to become a free agent this summer time because the Sharks play the Flyers to finish a four-game street journey.

“It’s going to be enjoyable to return,” mentioned Lindblom, a fifth-round draft decide by Philadelphia in 2014.

Lindblom performed 263 common season video games with the Flyers over 5 seasons, together with 129 video games during the last two years. Lindblom, although, had the ultimate 12 months of his three-year, $9 million contract purchased out by the group on July 2.

Since Lindblom was below 26 on the time, the Flyers solely needed to retain one-third of the $4 million in wage they owed him from the unique contract.

As a part of their determination to half methods with a participant who overcame Ewing’s sarcoma to create wage cap house, the Flyers donated $100,000 in Lindblom’s title to a Philadelphia group that helps households who’ve been impacted by most cancers.

Lindblom mentioned basic supervisor Chuck Fletcher’s determination to purchase out the ultimate 12 months of his deal was a little bit of a shock.

“That was sort of a quick course of so, these issues occur. It’s a enterprise so I can’t actually be mad about it,” Lindblom mentioned. “However after all it was totally different. You’re not used to that sort of stuff. However I’m joyful to be right here and I’m actually enthusiastic about this season.

“I actually need to show to myself that I might be the Oskar Lindblom that I used to be.”

FILE – Philadelphia Flyers’ Oskar Lindblom performs throughout an NHL hockey recreation in opposition to the New York Rangers, Wednesday, April 13, 2022, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Flyers basic supervisor Chuck Fletcher made what he referred to as “a really troublesome determination” in inserting ahead Oskar Lindblom on waivers on Tuesday, July 2, 2022, for the aim of shopping for out the ultimate 12 months of his contract. (AP Photograph/Derik Hamilton, File) 

Lindblom signed a two-year, $5 million cope with the Sharks on July 13.

After a sluggish begin to the 12 months, Lindblom, in a depth ahead position, has an help in every of his final two video games and three assists on the 12 months. That, remarkably, locations him in a tie for second on the Sharks in factors, as San Jose has began the 12 months with a 1-6-0 file.

Lindblom, who missed time in coaching camp with an upper-body damage, remains to be with out a aim this season however he had 17 in 2018-19 and was on tempo for over 20 the next 12 months when he bought his most cancers analysis. He feels he can he again to that stage of manufacturing.

“I really feel means higher this 12 months, I really feel lighter so I can skate extra,” Lindblom mentioned. “So now I simply must get to these areas the place I can rating. I believe I’ve been a little bit an excessive amount of on the skin and I’m not going to attain from there. So be a little bit extra greasy and win my battles on the boards.”

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