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Wayne Simmonds, Devils show support for Flyers' Oskar Lindblom as 'Oskar Strong' shirts expand

Wayne Simmonds, Devils show support for Flyers' Oskar Lindblom as 'Oskar Strong' shirts expand

Standing in the Lincoln Financial Field locker room, with eye black still on his face, Oskar Lindblom smiled when asked about Wayne Simmonds.

The Flyers had just finished a 4-3 OT win over the Penguins in an unforgettable Stadium Series game. Simmonds and his teammates shared an emotional moment in the locker room.

Lindblom soaked in the scene.

"That was cool," Lindblom said on Feb. 23 last season. "All those guys, they're the core of the group. To see them talk and just be around them, that's good for all of us. We can learn so much from them and they're good leaders. It was great."

The night turned out to be Simmonds' final game in orange and black as the beloved power forward was traded two days later. Lindblom and Simmonds are no longer teammates, but they're still brothers.

On Friday, Simmonds and his new team the Devils showed their support for Lindblom, the Flyers’ 23-year-old forward from Sweden who was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma last month.

The support through "Oskar Strong" shirts continues to expand. The shirts can be purchased at BiscuitTees.com, with all proceeds benefiting the NHL's "Hockey Fights Cancer" initiative.

Kim Parent, co-owner/artist for BiscuitTees.com and the daughter of Flyers great Bernie Parent, told NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com Friday that the company has raised nearly $200,000.

The Rangers sported the shirts for their game against the Flyers on Dec. 23. Per Parent, the Wild and Coyotes have also purchased them. The Flyers play Arizona on Saturday (8 p.m. ET/NBCSP).

BiscuitTees.com has also shipped shirts to Alex Lyon for the goalie and his AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley teammates to wear.

Incredibly, the shirts have reached Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Poland, Latvia, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom, per Parent.

"Strong," Flyers head coach Alain Vigneault said of Lindblom. "He’s like the hockey community, he’s going to have a lot of support and he’s going to get through this."

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Flyers trade Jean-Francois Berube to Rangers

Flyers trade Jean-Francois Berube to Rangers

Save the splashes for the deadline, right?

The Flyers made a minor trade Wednesday night by dealing goalie Jean-Francois Berube to the Rangers in exchange for future considerations.

Berube, 28, went 12-11-4 with a 2.56 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in 29 games for AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley this season. Berube, who has 34 games of NHL experience between stints with the Islanders and Blackhawks, was signed by the Flyers on July 1 to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.

The Flyers have young goalie prospects Felix Sandstrom and Kirill Ustimenko on their farm. Sandstrom, a 2015 third-round pick, and Ustimenko, a 2017 third-round selection, have appeared in a game apiece with the Phantoms this season. Both have played primarily with ECHL affiliate Reading in 2019-20.

The trade of Berube should provide developmental opportunity for Sandstrom, 23, and Ustimenko, 21, at the AHL level. On Friday night, the Flyers promoted Ustimenko to Lehigh Valley.

The Flyers' backup goaltending situation is unclear for 2020-21. Brian Elliott and Alex Lyon can become unrestricted free agents in the offseason.

Meanwhile, the NHL trade deadline is Monday of next week.

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Flyers Talk podcast: NHL playoff race, trade deadline and more

Flyers Talk podcast: NHL playoff race, trade deadline and more

On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall debate the playoff race and share some insight on Claude Giroux.

From the Jeff Carter buzz to Nolan Patrick's situation, it's time to talk all things Flyers:

• 0:40 — Emmer loves to sing (hear her beautiful voice at the end)

2:00 — The win over the Blue Jackets looked like a statement

16:45 — Emmer wants to see postseason hockey in Philly

17:50 — Are the Flyers about to solidify their playoff berth?

24:40 — A Carter reunion?!?!

28:00 — Will Patrick play this season?

33:20 — Insight on Giroux as a Flyer

41:15 — Trade deadline show!

42:10 — Emmer's hockey joke of the day!

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