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Friedman: Calgary Flames are waiting for Elias Lindholm’s decision

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Ryan Pike
9 months ago
Elias Lindholm is a very good centre in the National Hockey League and the Calgary Flames’ top centre. So it goes without saying that there’s a lot of discussion about his future, or potential lack thereof, with the franchise. After some discussion within the market (and on Twitter) earlier on Thursday morning, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman discussed Lindholm on the Jeff Marek Show on the Sportsnet radio network.
The big takeaway: according to Friedman, Lindholm hasn’t made a decision yet on his future.
Here’s Friedman:
Just on Lindholm, as we said on the pod, they are waiting for Lindholm’s decision. And Lindholm’s decision is the linchpin to a lot of this. We already know that Hanifin has indicated he’s not going to re-sign, and I think the decision from Lindholm is going to really determine a lot of where Calgary is going here. I believe that I’ve said many times, I think that the number to keep him is going to be in the Horvat range, 8 times 8.5. Same agency, so it makes a lot of sense. I think that Lindholm wanted to make sure that it wasn’t going to be a rebuild. I think he was understanding that a lot of the young kids were going to have to play, but he didn’t want a rebuild. But he still hadn’t decided. I think until the Flames get that decision, I don’t think we know which way they’re going to go. And I had heard they weren’t pressuring him. They didn’t necessarily need it before the draft. But whenever Lindholm makes his choice, I think that’s going to determine a lot of what happens in Calgary. So they wait on that. But I think they know, to keep him, it’s going to be in the Horvat range.”
Lindholm is the Flames’ first-line centre and first over the boards in every game situation. Suffice it to say, if he re-ups, it’ll be an expensive deal but will keep a very important player as a Flame for awhile. If he decides to explore a future elsewhere, he could be a very valuable trade commodity.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.

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