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Flyers’ Lindblom making progress as he nears end of cancer treatments

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 26: Oskar Lindblom #23 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on from the bench against the Columbus Blue Jackets on October 26, 2019 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Oskar Lindblom is coming to the end of his treatments for Ewing’s sarcoma, though it’s still unknown if he’ll be able to play for the Flyers next season.

Flyers assistant GM Brett Flahr told The Philadelphia Inquirer this week that the forward, who was diagnosed with the form of bone cancer in December, “looks terrific” and “as he gets his last treatments, the worst is over for him.”

“Oskar’s going through his last treatments coming up here, but everything I’ve been told from [team trainer] Jimmy [McCrossin] has been very positive,” Flahr told Sam Carchidi. “He feels great, considering the condition he’s in. He’s such a great kid and he’s determined. His focus is to play as soon as possible.”

While many players have returned home since the NHL suspended the season on March 12, Lindblom, who hails from Gavle, Sweden, stayed in Philadelphia to undergo treatments at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Since his diagnosis, he’s visited his teammates a few times, and even dropped by during team photo day.

Meanwhile, there’s good news to report on Nolan Patrick, who has not played for the Flyers this season due to a migraine disorder. Flahr said that the 21-year-old forward is feeling better and the longer the NHL goes before resuming the 2019-20 season, the better it is for his chances of being back in the lineup.

“Obviously, it’s going to be catch-up for everybody. If this season goes into the summer, he’s a possibility, for sure,” he said.

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Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.