Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Lindholm.
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Leaked trade rumors led to trouble for Vancouver Canucks

Published March 14, 2024 at 12:46
BY COOPER GODIN

About a week prior to the National Hockey League's trade deadline for the 2023-24 season, a report came out that a three-team trade was potentially in the works involving Boston, Pittsburgh and Vancouver.

The potential trade would have seen Penguins forward Jake Guentzel go to Vancouver, while Canucks forward Elias Lindholm would have gone to the Boston Bruins.

As the deadline came and went at 3 p.m. ET on March 8th, Lindholm remained a member of the Vancouver Canucks organization and on Thursday, in his new 32 Thoughts article, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman revealed that the team had to do some damage control with the Swedish forward and they're not happy his name got out.

Friedman also went on to add that he doesn't believe the three-way deal between Boston, Pittsburgh and the Vancouver Canucks got anywhere close to actually happening before March 8th.


"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. (It was hard to tell who was angrier: Vancouver about that, or Los Angeles about speculation of who might have been involved in an Ullmark move.) In the end, I don't believe the three-way between Boston, Pittsburgh and Vancouver came anywhere close to occurring." Friedman said.


While Lindholm hasn't been terrible, he hasn't played as well as Canucks fans were hoping thus far. Since being dealt to the Canucks from Calgary, Lindholm has appeared in 18 games, putting up seven points (four goals, three assists), four penalty minutes and is a minus-five.

Given the hefty price the Canucks paid to get Lindholm, including Andrei Kuzmenko, prospect Hunter Brzustewicz and a 2024 first-round pick among other assets, it wouldn't have made a lot of sense to flip him so quickly.

The 29-year-old Boden, Sweden native is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and his expected cap hit could push the Canucks away. Do you think Vancouver will re-sign Elias Lindholm? Let us know what you think in the poll below.
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Leaked trade rumors led to trouble for Vancouver Canucks

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