Elias Lindholm's future with Canucks set?

This doesn't sound like a long-term commitment is going to be offered.



The Vancouver Canucks acquired Elias Lindholm from the Calgary Flames earlier this month, and sent Andrei Kuzmenko  first-round pick and a conditional fourth-round selection in the 2024 NHL Draft, and defenseman prospects Hunter Brzustewicz and Joni Jurmo back to the Flames in return. 

Lindholm is playing in the final year of his contract, and based on the comments made by Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin to NHL Insider Pierre LeBrun, whether or not he returns to Vancouver next season remains completely up in the air.

“Initially when we made the deal, I talked to his camp and said our intention was to sign him,” Allvin said. “But obviously it’s got to work for both sides. We’ll see. I think it’s been a little bit of an adjustment time for him. And in fairness, the whole team hasn’t played great, we knew we were going to have a tough February schedule workload-wise, it was heavy and we got out of it with a .500 record which is the reason we’re still sitting at the top I think.

“But as I said earlier, we’ve got guys who haven’t played in important games in March.”

When Lindholm was acquired, he was coming off a positive campaign with the Flames, having scored nine goals with 24 assists in the 49 games he played prior to the trade. Since then, he has only managed four goals and three assists in the 19 games he's skated in wearing a Canucks sweater, something that Allvin attests to the fact that his team plays a different style.

“Part of it is that we play a different style and hopefully he can find his game more offensively,” Allvin said. “I think he’s been good defensively and solid, but I think he would agree he would like to contribute more.”

Will Lindholm be back with the Canucks next season? 

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Source: TSN