Sharks’ UFA Done With the NHL

After seven seasons in the NHL, and a total of 74 games with the San Jose Sharks over the past two seasons, unrestricted free agent forward Oskar Lindblom has decided to take his talents back to Sweden, signing a two-year deal with Brynäs IF of the SHL.

The deal includes a three-year extension option. If Lindblom accepts that, it would take him through his age-32 season. He was thrilled to return to his hometown team:

It feels incredibly good, I have always dreamed of coming back to Brynäs. To now be able to do when I am at a fairly young age where I feel that I can continue to develop feels extra good, I am very dedicated to this.

Lindblom spent most of this past season in the AHL, with just one game with the Sharks. The previous year with San Jose, he recorded 15 points in 73 games. 

He spent the first five seasons of his NHL career with the Philadelphia Flyers, where he posted three double-digit goal seasons, and won the Masterton Trophy in 2020-21 for Perseverance and Sportsmanship, coming back to play after fighting off a rare form of bone cancer. He returned during the bubble.

His NHL career, over seven seasons, saw him play 337 games and record 56 goals and 56 assists for 112 points and a -1 rating. 

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