Insider: Bruins’ interest in $29M free agent forward grows

Insider: Bruins’ interest in M free agent forward grows


Boston Bruins expected to be interested in Elias Lindholm

According to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, the Boston Bruins continue to show interest in upcoming free agent forward Elias Lindholm.

Lindholm completed a six-year, $29.1 million contract he signed on July 16, 2018 while a member of the Calgary Flames, but was traded to the Vancouver Canucks on February 1, 2024.

After his contract expires, Lindholm is expected to become a free agent on July 1 and Pagnotta reports that the Bruins are showing strong interest in him.

“The buzz about the Boston Bruins and their interest in signing soon-to-be unrestricted free agent center Elias Lindholm is getting louder,” Pagnotta wrote in his message. .

Interest between the Bruins and Lindholm is nothing new, as Boston tried to trade him before Vancouver acquired him and even again when he struggled with the Canucks.

Lindholm scored 15 goals and 29 assists for 44 points in 75 games between the Flames and Canucks last season. In the playoffs, he added five goals and five assists for 10 points in 13 games.

According to, Lindholm is expected to sign a seven-year contract worth $8 million per season.

The Bruins tried to trade for Lindholm last offseason.

The Bruins have been interested in Lindholm for some time, as Boston wanted to acquire the Swede after Vancouver acquired him.

According to NHL insider Chris Johnston, Lindholm was not a good fit for Vancouver and before the 2024 NHL transfer deadline, the Canucks were in talks to move him to Boston.

Of #canucks He is said to be among those pursuing Jake Guentzel, with rumors suggesting they have discussed the possibility of ousting Elias Lindholm #browns as part of a conspiracy to do so.

Nothing concrete at this point. Still a lot of moving parts.

Johnston tweeted: “With the Canucks among those pursuing Jake Guentzel, rumor has it they’ve discussed the possibility of trading Elias Lindholm to the Bruins as part of the ploy needed to make it happen.” “Nothing concrete at this point. Lots of moving parts.”

The deal fell through, but according to Pagnotta, Boston hopes to sign him as a free agent on July 1.

Boston wants to be ‘aggressive’ in transfer window

The Bruins were eliminated in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Florida Panthers.

With Boston falling short of its ultimate goal of winning the Cup, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said he has aggressive plans to help the team improve and become a true Cup contender for the 2024-25 season.

“I think we’re going to continue to strengthen our backfield and complement the group that we have there. And from there, it’s just how much of the pie is left — with a clear recognition that Jeremy is part of that equation,” Sweeney said, via “In the perfect world, you would have a deal done there (free agency), but that’s OK. … We’ve just got to attack.

“I can’t say that we will meet every need that our group has identified or that you may recognize, but we will do our best to improve our hockey club.”

According to CapFriendly, Boston enters the season with just over $21.6 million in cap space. However, the Bruins have several key free agents in Jake DeBrusk, Danton Heinen, Derek Forbot, Matt Grzelcyk and Jeremy Swayman as RFAs.