NHL Rumors: Elias Lindholm Linked To Surprising Team

Elias Lindholm, previously a key figure for the Calgary Flames and more recently the Vancouver Canucks, has now been linked with a potential surprising move to the Buffalo Sabres in free agency this summer.

This development, ignited by Lyle Richardson of Bleacher Report, indicates that the Sabres are actively seeking to bolster their roster with a top-tier center like Lindholm, and could target him in free agency this summer.

Known for his robust two-way play and consistent scoring ability, Lindholm could significantly enhance Buffalo's depth at center, a crucial move as the team looks to transition from a period of rebuilding to becoming playoff contenders.

The Sabres, who have missed the playoffs for 13 consecutive seasons, are in desperate need of a change to reverse their fortunes.

Lindholm, who showcased his prowess in the postseason with the Canucks despite a challenging regular season marred by a wrist injury, could be the veteran presence Buffalo needs. His addition would provide a substantial boost, complementing young talents such as Jack Quinn and Zach Benson, and helping to solidify the team’s core.

Lindholm was fantastic in the playoffs for the Canucks, recording five goals and five assists for 10 total points across 13 games, and was one of Vancouver's most impactful players throughout their two rounds.

Buffalo's interest in Lindholm also aligns financially, as they reportedly have $23.2 million in cap space for the 2024-25 season with flexibility to make additional moves, such as potentially trading Jordan Greenway to free more space, as noted by Richardson.

Analysts suggest Lindholm could command a salary between $7 million and $8 million annually, a figure well within the Sabres' current budget.

Over his 11-year NHL career, the 29-year-old has recorded 218 goals and 339 assists for 557 total points across 818 games played. He's an All-Star, 4-time Selke Trophy finalist, and 2-time Lady Byng Trophy candidate.

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