Two Teams Now Linked To Flames’ Lindholm in Potential Trade

As long as there is still no clarity on whether or not Elias Lindholm wants to remain a Calgary Flame long-term, trade rumors and discussions will continue. 

There has been plenty of talk that the talented two-way center would be a tremendous fit for the Boston Bruins, who've just watched Patrice Bergeron—their own legendary two-way center—skate off into retirement. The Bruins are certainly interested.

But another team has emerged now as a top landing spot for Lindholm, should the Flames decide to pull the trigger on a deal. 

According to Lyle Richardson of The Hockey News, the Flames' center is also being linked to the Washington Capitals. That's a team with its own need for a star top-six center. 

Lindholm is still without an extension, and he's in no rush to sign one, heading into the final year of his 6-year, $29M deal with Calgary. But he also hasn't ruled it out, and the Flames haven't given up trying to sign him to a new deal. 

The 28-year-old has said that he wants assurances the Flames are not going to... flame out, shall we say, in the near future. "Lindholm has indicated that if he commits," said NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman earlier this summer, "he wants to know that the team is going to try to compete, and it won't be a rebuild. I think they know they've got to plug in some younger players and he's ok with that, but he just doesn't want it to be a complete rebuild." 

The Bruins and Capitals, among others, are watching closely. 

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