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Canucks acquire Elias Lindholm in trade with Flames

The NHL trade deadline is more than a month away, but that didn’t stop two Western Conference teams from making big deals Wednesday night.

Forward Elias Lindholm has been traded to the Canucks from the Flames in exchange for a 2024 first-round pick, Hunter Buzstevic, Joni Jurmo and a conditional 2024 fourth-round pick, the team announced Wednesday. It was announced on the night of.

The 29-year-old Swede is a Rangers target, and the team had been talking about him even before forward Filip Sitil left the club at the end of the season, according to Larry Brooks of the newspaper.

Brooks added that the Rangers’ discussion of Lindholm was the same futility that was made last year before the team acquired Patrick Kane in a trade with the Red Wings.

Lindholm will remain in the Pacific Division, but will move up to the West Division’s top team as the Canucks lead the conference with 71 points.


Elias Lindholm will be traded to the Canucks. USA TODAY Sports (via Reuters Con)

The right-handed center is a capable playmaker and goal scorer, scoring nine goals and dishing out 23 assists this year, earning him his first All-Star berth.

Since entering the league in 2013-14, Lindholm has scored 20 or more goals in four seasons, including a career-high 42 goals in 2021-22.

He was net positive in faceoff and possession metrics throughout his career, winning 53.3 percent of his draws and posting a Corsi-for percentage of .56 through 11 seasons.

The Flames, who are 12th in the West Division with 49 points, will be looking to rebuild after acquiring their star.


Andrei Kuzmenko of the Vancouver Canucks skates on the ice wearing a metal helmet before a game against the St. Louis Blues.
Andrei Kuzmenko was traded to the Flames. NHLI (via Getty Images)

With the acquisition of Kuzmenko, Calgary acquired a 27-year-old Russian forward who had 95 points (47 goals and 48 assists) in his first 124 NHL games.

Defenseman Bruzstevic was a third-round pick of the Canucks and spent two years in the U.S. National Team Development Program before going to the OHL last year.

He has eight goals and 61 assists in 47 games with the Kitchener Rangers this year.

Jurmo was a third-round pick by the Flames in 2020 and spent the past four seasons in Finland’s Elite League.

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