The transfer deadline is slowly approaching in the NHL, and teams with a vision of success will be strengthening in the coming days and weeks. Vancouver was the first to do it now, having acquired the desired center from Calgary to its staff.
Elias Lindholm’s departure from Calgary was expected and it was more of a question of who the Flames would trade him with. In the end, the management of the team from Alberta found common ground with representatives of the Canucks, with whom they concluded a rather comprehensive agreement.
Vancouver sent their division rival a 2024 first-round draft pick, a conditional 2024 fourth-round draft pick, youngsters Joni Jurm and Hunter Brzustewicz, as well as forward Andrei Kuzmenko, who will try to wake up the Flames and build on last year’s performances.
The Russian hockey player was a very important part of this exchange, as he had Calgary among the twelve teams to which he does not wish to be traded. In the end, however, he agreed to a change of environment, and after a break, Kuzmenko will report to a new address.
But the Canucks got the primary reinforcement in their ranks, who make it clear that they only have the highest goals this year. This is evidenced by the fact that Lindholm did not sign a new contract with Vancouver after the exchange and is currently considered only as a reinforcement for the upcoming playoffs. If no deal is reached later, Lindholm will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.
In Vancouver’s booth, the Swedish forward will meet Nikita Zadorov, who was traded along the same route at the end of November.
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