Massive update on Elias Lindholm's injury: It's concerning

Cooper Godin
April 5, 2024  (8:49)

Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Lindholm.
Photo credit: TSN

The Vancouver Canucks' significant acquisition ahead of the trade deadline, Elias Lindholm, has been out of action for nearly two weeks now, and this week, we got a bit of an update on his status.

During an interview on Donnie & Dhali, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman shared that while it's still unknown when Lindholm will return to Vancouver's lineup or what type of injury he's dealing with, it's been indicated to him that it's not a worst-case scenario. Friedman also mentioned he heard a rumour Lindholm would miss the remainder of the regular season but was later told that was incorrect information.
"Lindholm, as you know, has been a little more difficult to pin down. We knew there was an issue; we knew he would see someone for it. I'm not surprised he's missing time. I will say this: I heard a rumour that he might not play the rest of the regular season, but multiple people told me that is not and that you shouldn't go with that. So, it says to me that it's still kind of in flux; everybody's still trying to figure out exactly what the story is with him." Friedman said.

He added, "Look, like I said with Demko, you guys are in a good place. You don't need to rush anything, and so I don't necessarily think there's a rush here, but as of the last time I looked into it, which was at the beginning of this week, it had kind of been indicated to me that it was still unknown but not to assume the worst-case scenario."

Take this with a grain of salt, but then a fan on X with the account name VanCityCustoms shared that his friend in Vegas this week saw Elias Lindholm signing autographs while wearing a blue cast.
Lindholm, 29, last appeared in a game for the Vancouver Canucks back on March 23rd during a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames, where he picked up a goal. Since then, he's been on the sidelines without much information from the team or anyone regarding his status as they try to keep things quiet.
Vancouver acquired the Boden, Sweden native on February 1st for a package that included Andrei Kuzmenko, prospect Hunter Brzustewicz, a first-round pick in 2024, and other assets. Lindholm's time in Vancouver has been less than ideal from what they expected, given his play up until the injury and his missing time with that ailment. In 22 games for Vancouver, Lindholm has nine points (five goals, four assists), four penalty minutes and is a minus-five.
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