By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Bruins depth forward Par Lindholm has decided to go home.
On the Bruins’ taxi squad for all but one game this year, the 29-year-old was placed on and then cleared unconditional waivers for the purpose of contract termination, and immediately signed a deal with the SHL’s Skelleftea AIK through 2024-25 season.
A trusty utility forward capable of playing both center and the wing on the fourth line, Lindholm was an obvious victim of a numbers game in 2021, as Trent Frederic and Jack Studicka both grabbed NHL spots out of the gate. Clearing waivers prior to the start of the season, Lindholm skated in that one game this year, but things got worse when he was quickly passed on the depth chart once Anton Blidh and Karson Kuhlman got healthy and emerged as more reliable fill-in options for Bruce Cassidy.
Signed to a two-year contract in 2019, Lindholm totaled three goals and six points in 40 games with the Bruins last season, and skated in six of the B’s postseason games inside the Toronto bubble.
The Swedish forward totaled four goals and 19 points in 106 NHL games between the Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Bruins. He also appeared in eight total playoff contests.
Lindholm’s departure does open up a spot on the Bruins’ taxi squad, which currently features forwards Blidh, Kuhlman, Greg McKegg, defenseman Steve Kampfer, and goalie Callum Booth.