The Colorado Avalanche have been reported as one of several teams interested in obtaining Elias Lindholm’s services before to the NHL Trade Deadline during the season.
However, they will not make a trade for the 29-year-old center.
Lindholm was acquired from the Calgary Flames on Wednesday by the Vancouver Canucks, who are presently leading the Western Conference in points. In exchange, the Canucks gave up Andrei Kuzmenko, who has taken a significant step back after scoring 39 goals last season, a 2024 first round pick, prospects Hunter Brzustewicz and Joni Jurmo, and a conditional 2024 fourth round pick.
Lindholm was largely regarded as the finest player available prior to the NHL Trade Deadline, but he has taken a significant step back this season. He averaged points per game in 2021-22. Last season, he dipped to 64 points. Despite playing more than 20 minutes per night, he is just on pace for 53 points this season. Lindholm hasn’t appeared as engaged this season, and he doesn’t resemble the player who scored 82 points just two years ago. It will be fascinating to see if a change of environment will benefit him, given the high level of public drama surrounding his contract negotiations with the Flames. This can always affect a player’s performance on the ice.
It’s unclear how interested the Avalanche were in Lindholm, but he’s no longer available. As we mentioned in our first official trade board the other day, there are other centers available, but each has its own set of questions. In recent days, there has been speculation of both Sean Monahan and Adam Henrique receiving first-round picks in exchange. If this is accurate, the asking prices are now extremely high, so we’ll have to wait and watch how things play out.
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