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Oskar Lindblom and Scott Laughton added to NHL’s COVID Protocol list



Oskar Lindblom, Philadelphia Flyers

Philadelphia Flyers forwards Oskar Lindblom and Scott Laughton were added to the NHL’s COVID Protocol list on Friday evening. The Flyers now have seven players on the list.

Lindblom and Laughton join Travis Sanheim, Justin Braun, Claude Giroux, Morgan Frost, and Jakub Voracek as the seven Flyers on the NHL’s COVID Protocol list.

Frost and Voracek added to NHL’s COVID Protocol list

While COVID is a risk for everyone, it’s especially worrisome to see Oskar Lindblom on the list. Lindblom was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma in December 2019. He returned to NHL action in the playoffs after undergoing his final radiation treatments last summer. Being added to the NHL’s COVID Protocol list does not mean a positive test, however. Hopefully, it is a close contact or similar situation.

COVID has been an issue for the NHL since before the season even began and it’s beginning to really cause havoc around the league. Several teams have had players on the COVID list and games postponed, and it may be reaching a boiling point.

It wouldn’t be surprising if the Flyers have more of their upcoming games postponed. They were scheduled to play on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday this week, but all four of those games are postponed. There is hope that they can play next Thursday against the New York Rangers. However, with two Flyers added to the list on both Thursday and Friday, that hope might be fleeting. If that is the case, the Flyers might have to be replaced for the Lake Tahoe game next Sunday, February 21st.

Stay tuned for updates surrounding the Flyers and NHL regarding COVID and further postponements.

Photo Credit: Heather Barry Images

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Ryan is a proud graduate of Monmouth University. He has covered the Philadelphia Flyers for the better part of a decade at various outlets, including Sons of Penn and Broad Street Hockey. Ryan has also worked for and NBC Sports Regional Networks. Whether it's a GIF, quick stat, analysis, or long-form column, he's got you covered.

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