Elliotte Friedman updates on Elias Lindholm's contractual situation

Felip Gosselin
May 21, 2024  (8:31 PM)

Elias Lindholm
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After the Canucks acquired Elias Lindholm a month before the deadline, everybody believed that they had made the deadline's best deal.

Lindholm didn't exactly perform up to expectations during the 26 regular season games he played with the Canucks, but during the playoffs, he proved why the Canucks needed a player like him. With 10 points through 13 playoff games and a crucial role in the team's defensive success, Lindholm showed why he was valuable and should be getting his money's worth on his next contract, as his current one will expire on July 1st.
Elliotte Friedman joined the Donnie and Dhali cast earlier to discuss the Canucks' pending unrestricted and restricted free agents. Still, Elias Lindholm highlighted the exchange since he's bound to be one of, if not the most sought-after centerman in the 2024 free agency.
@FriedgeHNIC questioned @DhaliwalSports mustache before offering updates on Elias Lindholm and the future of the #Canucks UFA's and RFA's.

Before joining the Canucks, Lindholm reportedly rejected an eight-year offer worth $72M. His decrease of the last two seasons have not contributed to his market value, after scoring 42 goals and 82 points in 2021-2022, he settled for 64 in 80 during the 2022-2023 season and 44 through 75 games in 2023-2024. How he showed during the playoffs showed how important he could be for a playoff-contending team, but how much will this be worth?

Lindholm will turn 30 in December of 2024, would it be wise to ink him to an eight year contract? With his decreasing production, is he worth 9, 8 or even $7M yearly? Lots of work and analysis to do for the Canucks' management. The versatility he brought to the Canucks' lineup sure gave Tocchet lots of flexibility to manage his lineup; if they don't find a way to get him back, they'll have to replace him, that's certain.