Boston Bruins and defenseman Hampus Lindholm reach a long term agreement before the trade deadline
Ricky Gray | March 21, 2022
Just days before the trade deadline in the NHL, the Bruins sign one of the best defensemen in the league.
Hampus Lindholm is heading from the Anaheim Ducks to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a first-round draft pick this year and second-rounders in 2023 and '24. However, these aren't the only things the Bruins gave up for Lindholm.
They're also sending two of their own defensemen to the Ducks, John Moore, and Urho Vaakanainen. Although they lost a few pieces and some draft picks, the Bruins are confident in their decision to bring on Lindholm.
"We're a better team today," Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "He has a legitimate top-four resume in the National Hockey League. [He's] playoff-tested, still young. He's a real good add for us."
Lindholm also had positive things to say about joining the Bruins, stating: "They find ways to get in the mix and compete. I've missed it the last three years. There's nothing more fun. I can only imagine playing in Boston. I'm ready to go to battle."
The deal itself locks Lindholm in for eight years with the Boston Bruins and $52m. He feels this move displays what the Bruins believe he can bring to the team, "Obviously, Boston is showing who they think of me as a player, a lot of trust," Lindholm said. "That's most NHL players' dream."
He'll likely make his way into the second line of the Bruins defense, joining Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo. McAvoy will be with the Bruins through 2030 while Carlo is under contract until 2027.
These three will be paired with each other for quite some time and there's even more good news for the Bruins. The Anaheim Ducks will be paying half of Lindholm's salary this season.
This season Lindholm has five goals and 17 assists through 61 games. In his NHL career, the defenseman has 57 goals and 165 assists.