Insider: Bruins’ Interest in $29 Million Free Agent Forward Getting ‘Louder and Louder’

David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period reports that the Boston Bruins are still interested in pending free agent forward Elias Lindholm.

Lindholm signed a six-year, $29.1 million contract on July 16, 2018, when he was still with the Calgary Flames. On February 1, 2024, he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks.

Lindholm is expected to become a free agent on July 1st after his contract expires, and according to Pagnotta, the Bruins are very interested in him.
In his piece, Pagnotta noted that rumors about the Boston Bruins and their desire to sign center Elias Lindholm, a future unrestricted free agent, are spreading more and more.
In 75 games between the Flames and Canucks the previous season, Lindholm scored 15 goals and added 29 assists for 44 points. He contributed 5 goals and 5 assists for a total of 10 points in 13 games during the playoffs.

According to, Lindholm is expected to sign a seven-year contract worth $8 million each season.
Last season, the Bruins attempted to trade for Lindholm.

Boston looked to get Lindholm after Vancouver did, and the Bruins had been interested in the Swede for a while.

According to NHL source Chris Johnston, Lindholm didn’t fit in well in Vancouver, and the Canucks had discussions to trade him to Boston prior to the 2024 NHL Trade Deadline.
“It’s been reported that the Canucks are reportedly considering trading Elias Lindholm to the Bruins in order to complete the necessary arrangements to acquire Jake Guentzel,” tweeted Johnston. “At this point, nothing substantial is in place. There are still many moving pieces.
Though the deal fell through, Pagnotta reports that Boston intends to sign him as a free agency on July 1.
Boston Is Going to Use Free Agency “Aggressively”

The Florida Panthers eliminated the Bruins from the Stanley Cup playoffs in the second round.

Boston’s failure to achieve its ultimate objective of winning the cup has led general manager Don Sweeney of the Boston Bruins to declare that his team will take active steps to improve and become a genuine Cup contender in 2024–25.
“We’re going to keep looking to complement the group we have there and strengthen our back end,” And after that, it’s kind of like, how much of the pie is left, obviously acknowledging that Jeremy is a factor in this, according to Sweeney, as reported by “It’s okay, you had a deal done there before [free agency], but perfect world. All we have to do is launch an assault.

“We will be aggressive in our efforts to improve our hockey club, but I can’t promise that we will meet every need that our group or you may identify.”
CapFriendly reports that Boston has little more than $21.6 million in cap space going into the offseason. The Bruins do, however, have a number of important free agents, including Jeremy Swayman, an RFA, Matt Grzelcyk, Danton Heinen, Derek Forbot, and Jake DeBrusk.






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