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RUMOR: Elias Lindholm To Be Traded By Flames After Rejecting Extension

Published December 19, 2023 at 10:30

The Calgary Flames have been going through some serious turmoil over the last couple of seasons. Now the team's future is even more up in the air as one of their core players is reportedly ready to leave.

Lindholm Rejects Massive Contract Extension From Flames

The latest rumor surrounding the Flames, courtesy of Eklund of Hockeybuzz.com, is related to center Elias Lindholm. The 29-year-old has reportedly rejected a massive contract extension offer from the Flames. Considering that he is on an expiring contract and will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, it now seems that a trade for him may be imminent.

Elias Lindholm is 100% moving on after turning down a MEGA offer from the Flames. I am working on the Rumor Chart, which will launch soon, and currently my percentages for Lindholm would be

Calgary 10%
Colorado 45%
Boston 30%
LA 10%
Florida 5%

According to Eklund, the teams most likely to land Lindholm are the Avalanche and the Bruins. However, the asking price is so high than neither team may be willing to pull the trigger on him.

Flames Asking For Four Valuable Assets For Lindholm Rental

Eklund believes that the Flames are asking for four pieces in return for Lindholm.

What will it take to land the prize?

There is no discount at this point
I am told a 1st, 2nd, and 2 prospects (1 or both preferably a d-man)

This is essentially the same package the Sharks got in exchange for Timo Meier, who is both younger than Lindholm and has had better results in resent years by a lot. Lindholm has actually been struggling quite mightily this season.

Elias Lindholm:

31 games
— 7 goals
— 20 points (53pt pace)
— 46.49 5v5 xGF% (20th on Flames)

How much do the Flames get for him if they trade him at this point?

How many teams would be willing to give up multiple high draft picks and prospects for a 50 point player with terrible advanced analytics? Perhaps other NHL teams are high on him despite these deficiencies, but even then Lindholm has never really been a true star player as he's only come close to scoring a point-per-game twice in his career. Last season he has 64 points in 80 games. A very respectable total, but it that kind of player worth this trade package? That has yet to be seen.

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RUMOR: Elias Lindholm To Be Traded By Flames After Rejecting Extension

Who do you think will acquire Lindholm?

Colorado10741.2 %
Boston8231.5 %
LA114.2 %
Another team6023.1 %
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