NHL Insider links Elias Lindholm to Bruins

Could a deal between Boston and Calgary be in the future?



The Calgary Flames have already undergone some relatively big changes in their lineups, having already dealt last season's leading goal scorer in Tyler Toffoli to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Yegor Sharangovich. Additionally, defenseman Nikita Zadorov was shipped to the division rival Vancouver Canucks late last month, pulling a complete 180 on the Flames after having reportedly been considering a long-term contract extension. 

And one additional player on the Flames right now who may as well have a packed suitcase ready to go is pending free agent center Elias Lindholm, who can become an unrestricted free-agent at the end of this season and has seen his name pop up in multiple rumors.

According to NHL Insider Pierre LeBrun, one of the teams reportedly showing interest in Lindholm is the Boston Bruins; another squad is the Colorado Avalanche. 

“Well, first thing is, it’s been really quiet on that front too. And part of it is that there have not been a lot of conversations between the Lindholm camp and the Calgary Flames,” LeBrun said when asked for an update on Lindholm. “Not that you should read into that because the Flames haven’t told him they’re definitely moving him, and Lindholm hasn’t told the Flames he definitely wants out. So there’s that.

But I do think he’s going to get dealt closer to March 8, and the two teams that come to mind for me are the Boston Bruins and the Colorado Avalanche. Both could use that fit. We know no one can replace Patrice Bergeron, but a right-handed center like Lindholm, who has defensive acumen, certainly would be a nice fit.”

Lindholm has skated in 33 games so far in what is shaping up to be his final campaign with the Flames, tallying eight goals with 15 assists. An original 2013 Draft selection of the Carolina Hurricanes, Lindholm has racked up 211 goals and 325 assists in 776 games played. 

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