San Jose Sharks bet on ‘proven forward’ Oskar Lindblom after Flyers buyout

The San Jose Sharks have signed Oskar Lindblom following his buyout at the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Swede was placed on waivers this week for purposes of buying out the final year of his contract in Philadelphia as they sought to clear $3million of cap space.

That allowed them to acquire re-sign defenseman Justin Braun and add forward Nic Deslauriers, with Lindblom quickly snapped up by the San Jose Sharks.

Lindholm was a popular figure at the Flyers as a solid 200-foot winger, and he also beat a cancer diagnosis two years ago. Since then he has struggled to recapture his pre-diagnosis form, but hopes are high that a fresh start in the Western Conference could reignite his career.

“Oskar is a proven forward who can provide offensive upside in the middle of our line-up,” Sharks general manager Mike Grier said.

“He has overcome significant obstacles in his young career and his strength and desire to play hockey is immeasurable. We are happy to have him join our organization.”

Lindblom, 26, played 263 games in Philadelphia, delivering 50 goals and 97 points during that time.

Full details are yet to be released by the San Jose Sharks, but he is reported to have signed a two-year deal worth $2.5million a year.

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