Canucks' Elias Lindholm (23) passes the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, in Vancouver on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024
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The Canucks have officially changes their re-signing priorities

Published May 14, 2024 at 6:23 PM

The Canucks are a team that are sure to look different next season, with almost half of their regulars in these playoffs currently on deals that could make them free agents this summer.

One of those players is Elias Lindholm, the biggest in-season acquisition for Canucks GM Patrik Allvin after he was acquired on January 31.

Lindholm struggled to find his game with the Canucks down the stretch, and some even questioned whether the trade was worth making - but the 29 year old has changed everyone's tune here in the playoffs.

With 7 points in 9 games and strong defensive play, Elias Lindholm has gone from a player the Canucks would easily let walk in the offseason to someone they could see as a core piece.

On Monday's 32 Thoughts Podcast, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman said at this point Elias Lindholm might be priority number 1 when it comes to Canuck free agents.

There's been a lot of talk about who Vancouver is going to pick [to re-sign]... I really think if they could... I bet you Lindholm would be numero uno.

Friedman and his co-host Jeff Marek said you can change the narrative about yourself in the playoffs, and Lindholm has certainly done that.

The Insider said on a previous episode that while the strong play of pending UFAs is helping carry the Canucks to success right now, it will make for a tough summer for Canucks management.

A good problem to have, but there will be tough decisions ahead.

As heard on the 32 Thoughts Podcast, May 13, 2024:
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The Canucks have officially changes their re-signing priorities

Who would be at the top of your list amongst the team's pending UFAs?

Elias Lindholm24916.1 %
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Dakota Joshua32220.8 %
Teddy Blueger291.9 %
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