NHL free agency 2018: Flames sign Elias Lindholm to 6-year deal

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Elias Lindholm (Getty Images)

Elias Lindholm never became the star the Hurricanes hoped he would when they drafted him fifth overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, but the Flames clearly believe the 23-year-old forward can still as they signed him Monday to a six-year, $29.1 million contract.

Lindholm, who was a restricted free agent, came to Calgary during June’s draft as part of a five-player blockbuster that sent defenseman Dougie Hamilton to Carolina. Before the trade, it was reported Lindholm’s contract talks with the Hurricanes had turned sour.

Lindholm, a native of Sweden, is coming off a 16-goal, 44-point season and has 188 points in 374 games across parts of five seasons with the Hurricanes.