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Canucks Unhappy Elias Lindholm Trade Talk Went Public

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The Canucks were not happy that talks of flipping Elias Lindholm ahead of the NHL trade deadline reached the public. (Photo: AP)

The Vancouver Canucks nearly took the NHL trade deadline by storm when some Elias Lindholm trade talk emerged from the crevices of Vancouver.

Essentially, the rumor had been that the Canucks were prepared to take Lindholm and flip him again, this time in order to facilitate a trade for new Carolina Hurricanes winger Jake Guentzel. Lindholm would have gone to the Boston Bruins as a result of a three-team ordeal involving the Pittsburgh Penguins and Canucks. Obviously, that didn’t happen.

But, the mere fact that this was out there was a pain point for the Canucks.

In his latest “32 Thoughts” column, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman notes that, “The Canucks did have to do some damage control with Elias Lindholm. They weren’t happy it got out they even remotely considered moving him.

“In the end, I don’t believe the three-way between Boston, Pittsburgh and Vancouver came anywhere close to occurring.”

So the Canucks, despite all of their success on the ice this season, have found themselves mired in quite a bit of controversy. The Elias Pettersson contract negotiations were one thing, and along came Lindholm and the NHL trade deadline.

Lindholm has not exactly made a seamless transition to the Canucks from the Calgary Flames; the versatile Swedish forward has just four goals, three assists, and seven points in 18 games with the Canucks after scoring nine goals, 23 assists, and 32 points in 49 games with the Flames this season.

With just 39 points in total so far, it is possible the 2023-24 season ends up being Lindholm’s least productive season since his last year with the Hurricanes when he had just 44 points way back in 2017-18.

It’s unclear what the future holds for Lindholm and the Canucks, but the two are married together for at least this Stanley Cup push.

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Jonathan Bailey has been Philly Hockey Now's Flyers beat reporter since 2023. He can be reached on Twitter/X @ByJonBailey, or via email at jonathanbaileyy@gmail.com

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