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NHL insider Pierre LeBrun reports Elias Lindholm may not re-sign with the Vancouver Canucks, with the Boston Bruins rumored to be interested.

The Vancouver Canucks face a crucial offseason decision regarding the future of star forward Elias Lindholm. While NHL insider Pierre LeBrun reports the Canucks could make a strong push to re-sign Lindholm, the prevailing sentiment is that the talented Swede will likely test free agency on July 1st.

Lindholm is coming off a six-year deal with an average annual value (AAV) of $4.85 million, a figure well below his market value. After a productive season, this summer represents Lindholm’s best opportunity to secure a lucrative long-term contract, something the Canucks may be unable to provide given their current cap situation.

Elias Lindholm to Test Free Agency? Canucks Face Uphill Battle to Re-Sign Forward

The Boston Bruins have emerged as the frontrunners in the Lindholm sweepstakes. Their need for a top-six center aligns perfectly with Lindholm’s skill set, making them an ideal landing spot. However, the Bruins will face stiff competition from other teams, as Lindholm’s two-way abilities and offensive prowess make him a highly coveted asset.

For the Canucks, losing Lindholm would be a significant blow. He has been a key contributor since arriving in Vancouver, providing a steady presence on both ends of the ice. However, with limited cap space and other pressing needs, the Canucks may be forced to prioritize other areas of their roster.

As the free agency period approaches, the Lindholm saga will undoubtedly be one of the most closely watched storylines in the NHL. Will the Canucks find a way to retain their forward, or will he embark on a new chapter with another team? Only time will tell.

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