Flyers waive Lindblom, donate $100,000 to cancer organization

FILE - Oskar Lindblom of the Philadelphia Flyers plays during an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Wednesday, April 13, 2022, in Philadelphia.  Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher took what he called

FILE – Oskar Lindblom of the Philadelphia Flyers plays during an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers, Wednesday, April 13, 2022, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher made what he called “a very difficult decision” by placing forward Oskar Lindblom on a waiver on Tuesday, July 2, 2022, in an attempt to buy out the final year of his contract. As part of decision to free up salary cap space by removing player who overcame Ewing’s sarcoma diagnosis, Flyers donate $100,000 to Philadelphia organization supporting families affected by cancer in the name of Lindblom. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton, File)

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The Philadelphia Flyers placed forward Oskar Lindblom on waivers Tuesday with the intention of buying out the final year of the 25-year-old cancer survivor’s contract.

General manager Chuck Fletcher called it a “very difficult decision” to free up space on the salary cap by removing a player who has recovered from a diagnosis of Ewing’s sarcoma. The Flyers will donate $100,000 in Lindblom’s name to a Philadelphia organization that supports families affected by cancer.

“No one can question the desire, will and strength to overcome everything Oskar has been through off the ice in order to get back to the game he loves,” Fletcher said in a team statement. . “Oskar’s commitment to his teammates and his impact in our room has been immeasurable. He is truly an inspiration to all of us and will always remain a special part of the Philadelphia Flyers family. We wish him well. best in the pursuit of his NHL career.”

Unless claimed, Lindblom will become an unrestricted free agent once the NHL signing opens on Wednesday. He was entering the final season of a three-year contract, which was $3 million against Philadelphia’s salary cap.

Ottawa defenseman Michael Del Zotto, New Jersey forward Janne Kuokkanen and San Jose forward Rudolf Balcers have also been waived in an effort to buy out the final year of their contracts.

Lindblom is from Sweden and was selected by the Flyers in the fifth round of the 2014 draft, and spent five seasons in Philadelphia. He was diagnosed with cancer in December 2019 and missed the rest of the season before returning to play Games 6 and 7 in the Flyers’ second-round loss to the New York Islanders in August, when the playoffs of the Eastern Conference were held in Toronto due to COVID-19.

Lindblom returned the following season, scoring eight goals and 14 points in 50 games and winning the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which is given to a player who best embodies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication.

Overall, Lindblom has 50 goals and 97 points in 263 career games.

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AP Sports Writer Dan Gelston contributed.

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