(Photo : (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)) TEMPE, ARIZONA – JANUARY 11: Elias Lindholm #28 of the Calgary Flames throughout the first interval of the NHL sport at Mullett Arena on January 11, 2024 in Tempe, Arizona
The Vancouver Canucks made their huge transfer on Wednesday, as they despatched a big bundle of youth and draft picks to accumulate middle Elias Lindholm from the Calgary Flames.
Lindholm, one of many most sought-after leases obtainable this deadline season, is staying in Western Canada in a commerce that sheds gentle on Vancouver’s aggressive mindset and Calgary’s white flag on this iteration of its core.
The Canucks despatched winger Andrei Kuzmenko again to Calgary together with a 2024 1st spherical choose, a conditional 4th spherical choose, and prospects Hunter Brzustewicz and Joni Jurmo.
What It Means for the Canucks
This is the Canucks going all in on a group that has been a giant shock to start out this season. Vancouver’s offensive success has been pushed largely by the dominance of middle Elias Petterson, who has centered the league’s most deadly line when paired with wingers Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller.
The Canucks have break up up that line at instances this season, and so they have discovered methods to win video games with them collectively and aside.
The acquisition of Lindholm makes each variations of the Canucks higher, because the Swede can anchor the second line behind Petterson whether or not he has both Boeser or Miller with him or not.
The 2013 fifth general choose has struggled as a goal-scorer this season with simply 9 tallies in 49 video games, however his 23 assists have saved his offensive manufacturing afloat.
Lindholm’s previous is suggestive that he may flip issues round within the goalscoring division, as he scored 22 or extra in 4 of his 5 full seasons with the Flames, together with a profession excessive of 42 in 2021-2022.
The Canucks at the moment are a lot deeper down the center, with a participant with dominant potential to place behind their prime line. If Lindholm turns issues round in Vancouver, it will repay enormous come the postseason.
What It Means for the Flames
Lindholm’s departure is probably going the second to final left of the Flames former core items, a gaggle that disintegrated shortly and with out a really deep playoff run.
Johnny Gaudreau left in free company, and the Matthew Tkachuk commerce to Florida has been a flop given the efficiency of Jonathan Huberdeau in Calgary because the deal.
Of the group that guided Calgary’s success from roughly 2018 to final season, solely defenseman Noah Hanifin stays. The Flames have flirted with the concept of extending him, however his return may get too enticing as groups get extra determined because the deadline approaches.
The Flames at the moment are in a bizarre limbo, the place they nonetheless have nice veteran gamers like Nazem Kadri and Mackenzie Weegar locked up for the lengthy haul, however the final quantity of top-end expertise on the roster is not going to be sufficient to count on to contend anytime quickly.
Some costly contracts make a full-scale teardown unlikely, and whereas they now have some extra draft capital, it actually is not all that a lot of an extra.
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