The Calgary Flames aren’t pressuring Elias Lindholm to make a decision (and other 32 Thoughts takeaways)
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By Ryan Pike3 months ago
Over at Sportsnet, our pals Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman dropped a very newsy edition of their 32 Thoughts podcast on Wednesday morning. The duo dove into the goings-on with the Calgary Flames for a decent chunk of the podcast.
Here’s a rundown of what Marek and Friedman discussed.
Let’s dive in!
On Noah Hanifin:
Before transitioning to discuss Elias Lindholm, Friedman added this on Noah Hanifin: “He’s in a situation where at some point in time they’re probably going to move him.”
Later on, Friedman added (while transitioning out of his Lindholm discussion): “[Hanifin has] made his decision that he would like to see what else is out there.”
On Elias Lindholm:
A big, big chunk of Marek and Friedman’s chat centred around Lindholm:
“Now, I think Lindholm and the Flames are talking. I believe that the Flames know that if they want to keep Lindholm, it’s going to be Horvat money, in that area. 8 by 8.5. Both Lindholm and Horvat are Newport guys and I think the Flames understand that that’s where this is going to come in. I think there have been conversations not only about the contract but the direction of the team, which way are the Flames going? I think Lindholm has indicated that if he commits, he wants to know that the team is still going to try to compete. It won’t be a rebuild. I think they know they’ve got to plug in some younger players and I think he’s okay with that, he just doesn’t want it to be a full rebuild.”
Friedman also posited that the rest of the Flames’ off-season business waits on Lindholm: “Lindholm’s decision is the big linchpin to all of this and I’m told that the Flames are not pressuring him to make a decision by the draft. Like if Lindholm waits a little bit longer, if, I don’t think they’re worried about that.”
Jacob Markstrom, who has a full no-move clause, likely won’t be going anywhere according to Friedman: “By the way, the other thing I heard, don’t expect Markstrom to be moved. I think there were some rumblings, would Markstrom agree to go anywhere? I heard he wants to come back. So that’s kind of where it stands on him.”
With Markstrom sticking around, Marek asked if a Dan Vladar move is in the works to open a spot for Dustin Wolf. Friedman had this reply: “The goalie market’s gonna be very, very volatile. All these teams that have goalies to move, there’s a lot of pieces around goaltenders out there. That’s not only a challenge for Craig Conroy, I think that’s a challenge for a lot of other GMs, which is to play this game of musical chairs and see which goalies end up where.”
If Hanifin and Lindholm both move on, is it a rebuild?
Hanifin’s a top-pairing blueliner. Lindholm is the team’s top centre. If they both decide to go elsewhere, what does that mean for the Flames?
“I don’t necessarily think it means they rebuild completely, but I think they have to sit back and decide what this means. If Lindholm stays, they have a number one centre and also a commitment to him that they’re going to continue trying to contend. I think if they don’t have either, then Calgary and their braintrust – Conroy, along with Maloney and Nonis – they have to kind of sit down and say ‘okay, what does this all mean?'”
The 2023 NHL Draft goes June 28 & 29 in Nashville. Free agency opens on July 1.
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