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2020 NBA Draft Lottery Results; Minnesota Timberwolves Wins The No. 1 Pick

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2020 NBA Draft Lottery Results

The Minnesota Timberwolves won the NBA draft lottery on Thursday night, achieving the right to pick the first in the NBA draft of 2020.

They had not much chance of winning the league’s lottery; with only 14 percent chances they would select the number one pick in the NBA draft. Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers were thought to have the chance to win the lottery.

The Warriors still managed to secure the chance to pick the number two pick with Stephen Curry being the team’s online representative. Cleveland on the other hand dropped to the fifth spot, a second-lowest draft position that can be given to this team.

Being runners out of this season are Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, and Cavaliers which was mentioned before. 

The most significant winner came out to be Bulls; whose chance of picking top four spots was just 32 percent and the Hornets was just lingering at 19 percent chance. The bulls will pick up no. 3 and hornets will pick up no. 4. The most shocking drop was of New York Knicks; with a 9.0 percent chance of winning the lottery and 37 percent chance of grabbing the top four picks, they fell out to No. 8.

Attendance Uplift

If we talk about the most relevant ones in this row, it is Charlotte jumping from No. 8 to No. 3 and Minnesota Timberwolves from No. 3 to No. 1. When the NBA halted the season, these two teams were at 29 and 30 on average attendance. A player with the level of LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards, or James Wiseman might be helpful in ticket sales, as stadiums will be filled by the audience in the 2020-21 campaign.

But in spite of that, these teams will be looking forward to what the top picks will bring to Minnesota, which has been able to make just one playoff appearance since 2004 and the Hornets is not on the field postseason in four seasons in a row. The Pistons who have good chances to win the lottery and to have top picks; landed to no. 7 spot instead. 

SETBACKS:

Talking about lottery disappointment, Detroit was not the only team to make it to the list. The Knicks are unlucky ones too, they last improved their position for the draft in 1985, and on Thursday they fell from No. 6 to No. 8 even having a good chance of going to the top four. The previous year, the Knicks were at no.1 in pre lottery prediction but dropped to No. 3, missing out major stars in the process. Cleveland and Atlanta also suffer the fall in the NBA 2020 draft.

TRADING PICKS:

Even though the Celtics are busy in the playoffs but still they can’t miss the lottery ceremony. They didn’t jump from No. 14 to the top six, Boston was going to get the pick as a trade according to what was set five and half years ago. But instead, Memphis rose to pick no. 14 and gave it to Boston. With that being said, Celtics have the option to grab three picks in the upcoming draft, the No. 14 Pick given to them by Memphis, their own at no. 26 and no. 30 which they got from Milwaukee from the 2017 trade.

The NBA had locked this year’s draft with the lottery being held on Thursday Night. Minnesota managed to take the first pick even with the least chance to have the top pick. The pandemic is only going to complicate more things and it is most likely that the draft will also be set virtually.  This draft is considered flawed as there is a lack of consensus on the top pick but still it has loads of players that will have a career boost up. 

The 2020 NBA draft is all set to happen on Friday, 16 October. Over here we will look at how the proceeding will be like a team by team;

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MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

Starting with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have the top pick of this year’s draft. Anthony Edwards would be considered as he is no doubt a scoring machine. Georgia Freshman has top-notch fitness, bursting energy, and an amazing shot-making ability. Edwards has just to improve his understanding of defenses and calculate where the rotation is originating. No one can doubt the extent of Edwards’s sporting level; it does not feel like he would be at No.1 with the percentage of shooting 40 percent from the field and about 30 percent from the three.

Edwards should now put more focus on offense rather than being more defensive. Only in this aspect, Edwards lacks behind.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

LaMelo Ball is no doubt the number one player on our draft because he is the best fit in this year’s trend. Nowadays the NBA is dominated by heightened players who can easily shatter the other team’s defense with 6’7 height; he knows how to utilize his vision and inventiveness. He throws and passes the ball at such an angle that no other can do it with such perfection. This charismatic and enthusiastic player would be turning 19 years old this August, making him one of the youngest players of the 2020 draft.

The thing in which Ball should be more focused on is that he is not able to score much, but he is truly capable of being one of the wizards of the NBA in the next season. The defense is another aspect that he is lacking to some extent, but that might be covered as he compensates it with increased strength later in his career.

CHARLOTTE HORNETS

Okungwu became the top center pick in this draft because of how much of an effective player he is. He has a 9.8 percent block ratio which itself is phenomenal and knows how to tackle the defense. He has a strong physique; with a 64.5 amazing shooting percentage this year. He is mostly compared to Ben Adebayo, as his success paves a way for a young player like Okungwu to flourish in the field without being 7 feet tall. 

James Wiseman would most likely be picked at No. 2 and No. 3, but on the contrary, Okongwu is a much better player.

CHICAGO BULLS

If talked about offensive player, Hayes would make the second-best player in this draft after LaMelo Ball. Hayes is a 6’5 lefty guard who really understands how to pick and roll, making him one of the top picks of the 2020 draft. He proved his explosive nature of shooting in the first season of the German league; he hit 87 percent of his free throws.

As other top players struggled to boost their scores, he finished the season with an exceptional 69 percent true shooting. He should focus on playing more defensively early in his career. Seems like pull-up shooting off the dribble is that skill that will make his career rise higher if he sticks to this skill in upcoming matches. Despite just turning 19 years old, he showed impressive play and ability to further modify skills.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Toppin is undeniably the best player of this basketball year, with a 99 percent ratio of scoring. The 6’9 player is a power finisher, but the question arises about defense in which he struggles. If he is paired with someone who is best at defending and Toppin being the offensive one, Toppin can amplify his efficiency more and will be able to make it into the best NBA players of all time. 

ATLANTA HAWKS

Avidija has an amazing vision, grab-and-go rebound skill, and aggressive nature; this 6’8 forward knows how to dribble and has the pass-shoot ability. He is no doubt best at passing and cutting the ball, but the question arises how much offensive he can become in the game.  He has to prove himself as a shooter too when the play will resume in the next league session.

DETROIT PISTONS

Wiseman was the No. 1 recruit before playing with Memphis; the 7’1 player knows how to efficiently protect the rim. Critics are mostly concerned about the lateral mobility and second jump of the players, and how he will impact the game without his passing ability and offensive technique. His strong physique gives him the edge but is not much likely that he could make it to the top three picks in this year’s draft. 

NEW YORK KNICKS

The vessel, a 6’6 player, is an amazing defender of the side who finished no. 15 in the country, with the ability to pass and wall up near the rim. He might not be much offensive, but he rightly knows how to strike a quality shooting ridge. Vessel scored 41. 5 percent of his three-pointers in this season if looking for a player who can hit the ball on the move and from various distinct angles, he is indeed the best choice in that aspect.

WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Haliburton has proved himself to be the finest three-point shooter and a skilled passer, with a 42 and 35.3 percent respectively. However, he is not the player who can put off-guard the defenses of the opposition; he is being best at secondary ball handler. With the 3.8 steal rate that is top 40 in America, Haliburton is one of the most compatible players.  

PHOENIX SUNS

Maxey, The 6’2 freshman is a pro at attacking the basket with amazing body control and phenomenal skill around the rim. He might lack the size compared with others, but he is good at defending the ball. He shot only 29 percent in terms of the three-point range but does better than 83 percent in his free throws. He might have some restrictions but he has the charisma to be an effective player in the NBA in the team that suits him ideally.

Over here are the results from the NBA Draft lottery 2020;

2020 NBA DRAFT LOTTERY RESULT SUMMARY

1. Minnesota

2. Golden State

3. Charlotte

4. Chicago

5. Cleveland

6. Atlanta

7. Detroit

8. New York

9. Washington

10. Phoenix

11. San Antonio

12. Sacramento

13. New Orleans

14. Boston (from Memphis)

Statefarm presents the remaining order of the first round and results of the complete second round of the NBA Draft 2020; names are mentioned below;

15.       Orlando

16.       Portland

17.       Minnesota (from Brooklyn via Atlanta)

18.       Dallas

19.       Brooklyn (from Philadelphia via LA Clippers)

20.       Miami

21.       Philadelphia (from Oklahoma City via Orlando, and Philadelphia)

22.       Denver (from Houston)

23.       Utah

24.       Milwaukee (from Indiana)

25.       Oklahoma City (from Denver)

26.       Boston

27.       New York (from LA Clippers)

28.       Los Angeles Lakers

29.       Toronto

30.       Boston (from Milwaukee via Phoenix)

2020 NBA DRAFT; SECOND DRAFT CHOICE SEQUENCE

31.       Dallas (from Golden State)

32.       Charlotte (from Cleveland via LA Clippers and Orlando)

33.       Minnesota

34.       Philadelphia (from Atlanta)

35.       Sacramento (from Detroit via Phoenix)

36.       Philadelphia (from New York)

37.       Washington (from Chicago)

38.       New York (from Charlotte)

39.       New Orleans (from Washington via Milwaukee)

40.       Memphis (from Phoenix)

41.       San Antonio

42.       New Orleans

43.       Sacramento

44.       Chicago (from Memphis)

45.       Orlando

46.       Portland

47.       Boston (from Brooklyn via Charlotte, Orlando and Philadelphia)

48.       Golden State (from Dallas via Philadelphia)

49.       Philadelphia

50.       Atlanta (from Miami via Sacramento, Cleveland, and Boston)

51.       Golden State (from Utah via Dallas, Detroit, and Cleveland)

52.       Sacramento (from Houston)

53.       Oklahoma City

54.       Indiana

55.       Brooklyn (from Denver)

56.       Charlotte (from Boston)

57.       LA Clippers

58.       Philadelphia (from Los Angeles Lakers via Orlando)

59.       Toronto

60.       New Orleans (from Milwaukee)

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Pittsburgh Vs. Montreal: Canadiens Defeat Penguins By 2-0 In-Game 4!

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PITTSBURGH VS. MONTREAL

PROFESSIONAL ICE HOCKEY TEAM- ‘PITTSBURGH PENGUINS’:

Pittsburgh Penguins, a professional ice Hockey team was founded in 1967, by a Pennsylvania State Senator, Jack Edwin McGregor. The team plays in the National Hockey League (NHL) and was later on purchased by a former Canadian professional Hockey player, Mario Lemieux, and an American billionaire businessman, Ronald Burkle. They run the club, and it is still under the ownership of these two.

The penguins had given many outstanding performances in the past. They have a big number of fans and supporters because of the game they put up every time. They competed in Civic Arena and later on became the highest scorers to have won the Presidents’ Trophy. 

Stanley Cup Finals:

Pittsburgh also qualified for the Stanley Cup Finals, which they won five times. They were the second to win the most championships after, Edmonton Oilers, and became the first team to win the Stanley Cup back-to-back in 2016 and 2017, in 19 years.

MONTREAL CANADIENS- OLDEST NORTH-AMERICAN ICE HOCKEY TEAM: 

Montreal Canadiens are another professional ice Hockey team based in Montreal. The team was created and assembled much earlier than Pittsburgh and many other teams, becoming the oldest team to be playing Hockey. 

It was founded in 1909, by John Ambrose O’Brien and made Jack the coach and general manager of the team. Canadiens are by far the best team in the NHL and have won way more Stanley Cups than any other team. Montreal’s won the Stanley Cup 24 times till now, which is estimated to be 25% of the total Stanley Cup Championships. 

The team has many fans and was previously called le Club de Hockey Canadien. They also had many French titles that included;

  • La Sainte-Flanelle
  • Les Glorieux
  • Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge
  • Le Tricolore
  • Les Canadiens 
  • Le Grand Club
  • Le CH
  • Les Habitants

MONTREAL VS. PITTSBURGH- GAME 4:

The Canadiens and Penguins competed in an Ice Hockey match on Friday and put up a very good show for the audience. Pittsburgh came on too strong at the beginning of the match, but eventually lost their spark and failed to score any points. While the Montreals stayed consistent with their performance and scored 2 against the Penguins, and sealed the victory by 2-0.

ARTTURI LEHKONEN VICTORY SHOT:

Lehkonen, one of the finest players of the Montreal Canadiens, finished off the game by making a tremendous shot by flipping the puck to the Pittsburgh goaltender, Tristan Jarry, with only 4:11 remaining on the timer. Jarry saved around 20 shots. 

This fine shot gave them victory over the Penguins by 2-0, on Friday 2020.

PAUL BYRON TAKING ADVANTAGE OF A PITTSBURGH TURNOVER:

Byron made a smart move by taking advantage of a Pittsburgh turnover. He managed to make his way out from the back of the Penguins’ net and passed the puck to Lehkonen in front, who in turn successfully slipped the puck into the open net in front of four Pittsburgh players who had their attention on Byron.

The first score by the Canadiens built a lot of pressure on the Penguins, and the defenceman, Shea Weber took advantage of this situation and managed to score another point into the empty net, in the final minutes of the game.

ARTTURI LEHKONEN VICTORY STATEMENT:

After the glorious victory, the Finnish player spoke to the media saying that ‘they are really happy to win these series and worked very hard to earn this as people were counting us off and winning these series has proved everyone wrong’. He further said that ‘they are ready to celebrate their victory’.  

The outstanding goaltender of the Canadiens, Carey Price proved himself by stopping 22 shots slipped by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team is now all set to compete with either Tampa Bay or Philadelphia.  

PITTSBURGH CAPTAIN, SIDNEY CROSBY’S STATEMENT:

Crosby looked disappointed in them losing the series and said in his statement, ‘The Canadiens played really well in these series. We worked hard but I guess not hard enough to win the series’. He also said, ‘We will work harder next time and will try to fix our flaws. Meanwhile, we should congratulate the Montreal Canadiens on their brilliant victory!’  

Pittsburgh has been one of the teams to win the most Stanley cups but is now losing their charm by not being able to win matches and living up to the expectations of fans. They scored one point, 3-1, in Game 3, but failed to score any more points in the rest of the game. Their poor performance in the series helped the Montreal Canadiens in sealing the victory.

Crosby also gave a praising statement on Carey’s performance saying, ‘He played really well and lived up to everyone’s expectations as always. He was the main reason his team won and our team failed to do the same’. 

Jarry, who stopped 20 shots, was the reason why Pittsburgh was still not down by the end of the game 3. Though Jarry failed to give his best due to the problems he had been facing because of the ongoing Pandemic, COVID-19. He still managed to do something for the team but despite his efforts, the team failed to win the game.

CROSBY SHOWS HIS CONFIDENCE IN PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:

The captain of Pittsburgh still has a lot of faith in the team, who is going to compete in the offseason like before. He believes that his team is full of talented players and one defeat does not define the team’s future. They won many Stanley Cups, and the captain believes that they still can and they will work hard to even more championships.

Sullivan said, ‘he’s proud of his team. We didn’t win today but we have a team full of talented and elite players and they have the capability of winning a number of matches in the future’. He further said, ‘the teams will work day and night to live up to the expectations and they will return with their best performance’

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Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is a worldwide famous international soccer player. He remained the captain and main player of Argentina’s national team and FC Barcelona. Messi made the best record to score in football matches and also won many awards individually for giving such an amazing performance in the world of soccer. 

Lionel Messi decided to leave the club

The Argentine star Lionel Messi tells Barcelona that he has decided to leave the club this summer. Lionel Messi has sent a letter to Barcelona informing the club that he wants to leave the team and will ultimately terminate his contract.

According to Catalin radio station RAC1, Lionel Messi told new coach Ronald Koeman that he sees his future away from the Camp Nou. Messi told new coach Ronald Koeman that he sees himself more likely to leave than stay at the Camp Nou.

According to Catalin Radio station

According to Catalin radio station RAC1. Lionel Messi, who interrupted his holidays to meet with Ronald Koeman, told the new coach that literally he is “more out of the club than in it. Lionel Messi, no doubt the greatest player.

In theory, the clause had to be activated before June 10,20 days before the end of the usual footballing year, but the unusual circumstances of the coronavirus-enforced pause in the season mean that he faiths to accomplish a canceling of his contact now during the deferred off-season.

The disagreement is that the essence of the division was for a decision to be finished in the few weeks following the end of a season and there are documents that are signed by Barcelona and by FIFA that express the belief that a season finishes when the match is played.

In the champions league, Messi has spent the days since Barcelona’s humiliation by Bayern Munich, quarter-finals a week ago.

Major threat after Messi decision to leave

A threat that was suggested that also made up the Argentine’s mind was that Messi will not receive any special treatment. Lionel Messi has reportedly spoken to Pep Guardiola over the prospect of joining Manchester United and has started negotiations with the Argentine’s agent.

It was revealed on Tuesday that Barca legend Messi, who has expanded his entire career at the Camp Nou, has told the club he wants to move on to meadows now. That has started the rumor on where his next destination will be and according to Spanish outlet radio Catalunya, Messi has already contracted former boss Guardiola about a move to the Etihad.

Messi and Guardiola won two Champions League trophies and the three La Liga titles in a period where the argentine forward became the best player in the world.

Earning of Messi, Approximation 

There are no more clubs who would give a satisfactory salary to Messi according to his standard. When Messi decided to leave his club, so many other club owners were in search of a way to make a contract with Messi. Landing Messi would be a dream of any president, coach, or fan. However, there are no clubs who could give Messi his salary according to his level.

According to reports

 According to a report published by L’Equipe a few months ago, Messi is the highest-paid player in the world, with a gross salary of $8.3 million per month. That amounts to a staggering $99.6 million a year – an undoubtedly exorbitant figure for any club, no matter how big the potential financial benefits of signing Messi could seem.

LIONEL MESSI’s EXPIRY CLAUSE :

As agreed in the last contract signed by Messi, the conclusion clause for the Argentine international is set to $700 million – a figure that is practically unreachable for any club in the world. It must be remembered that the most expensive transfer in history was that of Neymar, for whom PSG paid Barcelona $222 million back in 2017.

However, the same contract signed by Messi also stipulated that he could leave Barcelona freely at the end of this season. Under stipulated, although he still has one season left on the contract (until June 2021), Messi would have the option of leaving Barcelona without his new club having to pay for his arrival.

However, in this case, Messi had to give information about his decision to leave the Club before June. But considering the typical season that has taken place due to the coronavirus pandemic, which ended just a few days ago, a legal dispute on this matter would be a certainty.

WHAT is the main reason, Messi decided to leave the show

There are many occasions in the past when Argentina has been frustrating over the performance of Lionel Messi in several matches. And all those incidents confirmed the news that they would not be able to compete in further matches in Europe. 

There have been several situations in the last year, including the humiliation of football players for not giving a good performance during many matches in January. The players do not trust that Barcelona directors are capable of taking the club forward.

Could he be back with the U-turn?

It seems very unlikely that Messi will change his mind after having taken such a long time to consider the decision. The fact that he has gone so far as sending a burpo to the club informing them that he wishes to leave the club while not continuing to remain in the club in another year.

It seems highly unlikely that his stance will change. The club will now fight tooth and nail to argue that this clause expired on June 10 and therefore can not be activated, but the player and his lawyers will argue that they have legal grounds.

 Messi expected to leave the house

It was known earlier that Messi has been deciding to leave the football club and the owners of the club have been in search of finding another better play to play for their football club. Journalist Marcelo Bechler claimed on Monday that he has decided to leave, which was followed by the conversion with Ronald Koeman where he said that he saw himself more out of Barcelona than in.

CAN HE leave the club with no Cost?

This is the big question and it could see a tug of war between the club and the player’s lawyers. which may finally end up in court. Messi’s argument is that the clause in his contract could be activated at the end of the season, which is a normal year would be on June 10, like it is started in the deal.

Due to this pandemic situation all around the world, Messi was not able to make time to confirm his decision of leaving the club properly. The players reported that the contract has already been signed to continue playing in the club until the final match occurred, which would make the original June 10 invalid. The club, however, argues that the June 10 still stands, and he is still legally under contract.

COULD THIS LEAD TO BARTOMEU’S RESIGNATION?

It is not sure that he will be going to resign after all this situation that has already created all around Messi. He has weathered many storms in his time in charge at the club and plans to fulfill the plans set out last week and guide the club until the presidential elections, which are scheduled for March.

Which club would be assumed to make deal with Messi

Lionel Messi has decided to leave Barcelona but what do you think would be the best place for Messi to Land on, to continue his career in football?

The announcement on Tuesday Night

On Tuesday night, an announcement was made to be in front of all people including Fans that Messi has decided to leave the club, Barcelona. The cost, of course, would be enormous – even if there is no transfer fee involved – but the rewards could also be huge. And all the other clubs are just here to see another mega news which would be unexpected in anyways. 

Messi obsessions 

Messi’s obsessed by winning the Champions League again,” Spanish football expert Graham Hunter told Sky Sports News, and that is an obsession shared by City and Guardiola. Messi has included another victory to his records since Guardiola left Barcelona in 2012.

It’s a title of success that they are both uncontrolled to retrieve – and they would get better opportunities for giving better performance together. After spending his major part of his career in Barcelona, would Messi actually decide to leave his club for real?

He wouldn’t be the only one who decided to leave the club – Luis Figo and Ronaldo Nazario are among the most high-profile – but it would be a great shock to make a deal and contract with his all-time rival team.

Reaction to Messi Resignation 

Lionel Messi has made such a huge disaster while spreading the news of his resignation from his own team, Barcelona. That also raises the question of which another club would afford him in this situation.

Since long ago, Messi has been the high scorer and achiever in the world of football clubs that have given a shock to four champion league titles, 10 La Liga titles, and six Copa del Rey trophies.

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Oskar Lindblom’s Return Helped Philadelphia Flyers Hold Off Their Elimination One More Time: Flyers Succeed In Maintaining Their Position In Game 7!

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Oskar Lindblom’s Return Helped Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS- PROFESSIONAL ICE HOCKEY TEAM:

Philadelphia Flyers, a professional ice hockey team was founded by Ed Snider, in 1967. Snider was a very successful and wealthy American businessman, who was the Comcast Spectacor’s chairman and also the owner and founder of Philadelphia Flyers. The head coach of the Flyers is Alain Vigneault, who’s behind all their brilliant performances. And the captaincy is in the hands of Claude Giroux 

The Flyers are located and based in Philadelphia and have been playing for the National Hockey team since 1967. They have seen many achievements in the entirety of their career including the Stanley Cup twice in 1973-74 and 1974-75, back to back. Due to their outstanding performances, they have been listed as the third-best ice hockey team of all time.

Flyers are considered as very strong opponents among the ice hockey community as they are one of the teams to be able to appear in the finale most times and also succeeded in winning a few of them. Also, because of this reason, they have a big number of fans following and they try the most to not let their fans down by their flawless performances.

OSKAR LINDBLOM:

Oskar Lindblom, 24, is an international ice hockey player who plays for Philadelphia Flyers as an ice hockey forward. Lindblom is of Swedish descent and was born on August 15, 1996, in Gavle, Sweden. Lindblom is a very outstanding player from the very beginning, who played in the junior leagues of Brynas IF, and later on, due to his promising performance, he earned a spot in the professional team, Swedish Hockey League, of Brynas IF.

After giving years to this field and becoming a trained player, he was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers on May 30, 2017, signing up a three-year contract. 

Lindblom Diagnosed With Bone Cancer- Ewing’s Sarcoma:

Sadly, this didn’t happen for long as Lindblom was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, bone cancer in December 2019, due to which he had to press pause on his ice hockey career to get his chemotherapy done. 

He got his treatment done at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia and got done with it on 2nd July 2020 and was given a three-year extension. He returned to compete in the recent match, on September 3, 2020.   

OSKAR LINDBLOM’S RETURN BOOSTED THE FLYERS TO SEAL THE DEAL ONE MORE TIME:

Lindblom’s return almost after a year proved to be a good sign for the Flyers. Having him back in the team boosted their morale ten times and they performed really well, along with Oskar who played the frontline after a long time. 

As he is one of the strongest players of the team, his performance helped the Flyers to stay in the competition one more time in game 7. Even after being diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma and fighting it for months, he stayed positive and came back with the same power and energy. He has scored a total of 30 goals and overall 27 assists in the 134 games he has played with the Philadelphia Flyers.

LINDBLOM TALKS ABOUT HIM COMING BACK AND BEING ABLE TO PLAY WITH HIS TEAM AGAIN:

Oskar talks about his emotions of him being able to play after months of non-stop treatment and going through so much. In his recent statement, Lindblom said, ‘I’ve been through a lot in the past 6-7 months, and it is fair to say that this has been the toughest period of my life as I had to press pause on everything, my passion for ice hockey too. But I still managed to stay positive during this hard time, and probably this is the reason why I am back today’.

He further added ‘Though I had to say goodbye to ice hockey for some time I was positive that I was going to play again one day. What day and when? That I didn’t know myself but I was certain that it would happen one day. And sure enough, I got the opportunity to play with my team once again because today was the day I was waiting for’.  

Lindblom played his part in game 7 on 17:30 and managed to get a 5-4 double-overtime win because of his brilliant performance, and helped the Flyers get victory over the Islanders, on Saturday.

FLYERS’ CAPTAIN, CLAUDE GIROUX SPEAKS ABOUT LINDBLOM’S PERFORMANCE IN GAME 7:

After Lindblom’s amazing performance in game 7, Flyers’ captain, Claude Giroux shows his gratitude for Oskar for being such a strong person and an amazing player as well. In an interview after the game, Giroux said ‘I have so much gratitude for this boy. He is the most strong person I’ve ever come across. I mean, after going through so much, he played like nothing even happened or changed’.

He further said ‘His performance in game 7 left me speechless. Even after a long break, he played so well and I feel immense respect for this brave boy’.

COACH OF PHILADELPHIA FLYERS, ALAIN VIGNEAULT EXPLAIN HOW HE GOT LINDBLOM TO PLAY AGAIN:

Alain talks about how he’s been in close contact with the medical staff and other assistant coaches to keep updating him about Lindblom’s health and whether he is physically fit to play or not, Vigneault said that he desperately wanted Lindblom back because the team’s performance was going down and down.

Moreover, he added ‘Due to our weak performance today, I was certain that two of my best players, Sean Couturier and Joel, were not going to play so my strategy at that point was to put another strong player, Lindblom, to the frontline. I told him how he has to play and how I will use him today’s game and he was very excited about it’. 

He also said that, although Lindblom hasn’t played in months, like for 271 days, he still performed way better than he expected him to. Lindblom said ‘I wanted to step in again, but coming back directly in a playoff was a little challenging for me because the main goal is to win in these games’.

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS AWARD LINDBLOM WITH A THREE-YEAR, $9 MILLION EXTENSION:

Coach’s decision of putting Lindblom back in the team didn’t make the Flyers second guess his decision because they already had complete faith in their team play. As a token of respect, Philadelphia Flyers awarded Lindblom with a three-year, $9 million extension right after he was discharged from the hospital. They got to him a few weeks after he was done with his chemotherapy and was discharged.

FLYERS’ GOALIE, CARTER HART TALKS ABOUT OSKAR LINDBLOM:

Because of the strength, Lindblom showed in today’s game and also during the days of him fighting with cancer, the Flyers have a lot of respect for him. Team’s goalie, Carter Hart said ‘we are beyond proud of this man and we can’t put it into words how much respect we have for this strong boy. He is and always will be the strongest players of Flyers’. 

He further added ‘We are not just proud of him or respect him because of his performance in tonight’s game, but we are super proud of the strength and positivity he showed during his battle with cancer and how he fought it with such a big and brave heart. Seeing him back again gave us a lot of energy and hope and because of him being there, boosting up our morale and because of his performance, we won again’.

He also said that one of the team member’s said to him that ‘it feels like he was with them all along and never left and today he came back stronger than before even after going through so much and we are proud of him and thankful to him for coming back’. 

NHL NOMINATED LINDBLOM FOR THE MASTERTON TROPHY- ANNUAL AWARD:

Due to Lindblom’s courageous journey and his dedication to his profession, National Hockey League (NHL) nominated him for the Masterton Trophy, which is like an annual award that is given every year to the player who sets up the example of best sportsmanship, tenacity, and their loyalty towards the ice hockey. The winner will be announced by the NHL this summer. 

Are you excited to see Oskar Lindblom in more games and for him to win the NHL Masterton Trophy? Stay put to watch him give his best performances in future games and to find out the winner of the Masterton Trophy.

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