Canucks center Elias Lindholm to test free agency according to NHL insider

Graham Montgomery
June 10, 2024  (5:23 PM)

Vancouver Canucks center Elias Lindholm doing an interview for ESPN during the 2024 NHL all-star weekend
Photo credit: ESPN

Another big name in the form of Elias Lindholm will likely be hitting the market this summer according to Elliotte Friedman.

The insider provided a big update on Lindholm's status on the Jeff Marek show. He revealed that the Vancouver Canucks have offered him a seven-year contract with an AAV of 7 million dollars. However, Lindholm and his agent apparently feel that he can get a better offer from another team in free agency, so he has rejected this offer from the Canucks.
Elliotte: We talked about how Canucks were willing to go 7 times 7 for Lindholm. It doesn't look like that's going to happen. So, Canucks are looking at this like we probably can't keep Lindholm, what is our next option?
That being said, fans are not as convinced that Lindholm will do much better in free agency. In fact, many are questioning his decision making process as they feel he won't get a better deal from another team.
Elias Lindholm is 29, his best years are most likely already behind him and he's turning down massive offers that he probably isn't going to receive from any other teams.

What exactly is he doing?
Making matters even more confusing is the fact that Lindholm previous rejected another massive contract extension from the Calgary Flames. That one was reportedly in the eight-year, 8-9 million dollars a season range.
Elias Lindholm reportedly turning down both a:
- 8 x $9M contract from the #Flames
- 7 x $7M contract from the #Canucks

Sure is a bold strategy
One could make an argument as to why accepting such a deal from the Flames would have been a bad decision. The team does not appear to be particularly close to competing for a Stanley Cup anytime soon, so perhaps he just wants to win. However, that does not explain why he turned down the Canucks, as they appear to have just begun their contention window. It will certainly be interesting to see where Lindholm signs this offseason and whether or not he will be able to actually get a bigger contract offer than those he's already turned down.