The Philadelphia Flyers have placed Oskar Lindblom on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout, which will clear a considerable amount of cap off the books for next season. Lindblom’s deal has one year left on it at a cap hit of $3MM, but because of his age, they are only required to pay out one-third of the remaining salary.
That will result in a cap credit of $333,333 for the 2022-23 season, and a cap penalty of $666,667 for 2023-24. The team has also announced that in recognition of Lindblom, they will be making a $100,000 donation to a local organization that supports families impacted by cancer. General manager Chuck Fletcher released a statement:
This was a very difficult decision to make and one that we spent a lot of time examining. No one can question the desire, will and strength to overcome all that Oskar has been through off the ice in order to return to the game he loves. Further, Oskar’s commitment to his teammates and impact in our room has been immeasurable. He is truly an inspiration to us all and he will always remain a special part of the Philadelphia Flyers family. We wish him all the best as he continues his NHL career.
This move will essentially clear $3.33MM for the Flyers as they prepare for free agency tomorrow, with rumors also swirling about the future of James van Riemsdyk and his $7MM cap hit. The team has made very clear that they have no intention of rebuilding, making them potential players in several big names tomorrow.
For Lindblom, there is little doubt that another NHL team will give him a chance. After making his way back from a cancer diagnosis, he hasn’t quite reached the level he showed in the early part of his career but still contributed 12 goals and 26 points this season. The 25-year-old is a talented goal-scorer and has already overachieved his fifth-round draft position.
Importantly, if a team were to sign him to a one-year deal, Lindblom would once again be a restricted free agent at its conclusion, meaning any interested club could potentially land some important control for a relative bargain.