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Seravalli on Elias Lindholm: ‘Signed or traded by draft week’
By Ryan Pike8 months ago
Now that the head coaching hunt has been completed, the attention of Calgary Flames general manager Craig Conroy shifts to a big priority: first-line centre Elias Lindholm. A year away from unrestricted free agency, the Flames need to know if Lindholm will be a long-term Flame. If not, he may need to be moved.
On Tuesday’s edition of Barn Burner, Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli laid out a prediction: Lindholm will be re-signed or traded by the week of the 2023 NHL Draft.
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“I think it’s signed or traded by draft week. I really don’t see them messing around with this at all. Maybe I’m misreading the situation and there’s been no clear edict… I think in this case, you want to have a real good answer. There’s two trading periods in the NHL, that’s it. It’s now, or it’s at the deadline. And if your mission and mandate is to a playoff team next year, you don’t want that hanging over your head. You don’t need that issue, and you certainly don’t want to be in a spot where you’re like ‘do we cut the legs off of our team?’ in March because we have to trade this guy and get something for him.”
The 28-year-old Lindholm joined the Flames at the 2018 NHL Draft in a five-player swap with the Carolina Hurricanes, which also saw Noah Hanifin head to Calgary. Since landing in Alberta, Lindholm’s been a first line fixture and easily the team’s most consistently dangerous centre from an offensive standpoint.
He was the runner-up for the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward in 2021-22 and has scored 139 goals and 325 points over 369 games as a Flame. But he’s heading into the final year of a six-year deal that carries a $4.85 million cap hit. He’s very good and the Flames would probably love to keep him, but he was non-committal on the prospect when speaking to the media during exit interviews.
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