Less than 48 hours away from the 2022 NHL trade deadline, the Bruins have found their top-four, left-shot defenseman.
It will come from a familiar trading partner for the Bruins, too, as the Bruins have acquired defenseman Hampus Lindholm from the Ducks in exchange for a five-piece return that includes a 2022 first-round round pick, second-round picks in 2023 and 2024, and defenseman Urho Vaakanainen and John Moore.
The Ducks are also retaining 50 percent of Lindholm’s remaining salary for the 2021-22 season.
A 6-foot-4, 216-pound defenseman, Lindholm has posted five goals and 22 points through 61 games this season, and has almost completely served as a mentor to first-year NHLer Jamie Drysdale on Anaheim’s top pairing.
Lindholm has been a do-it-all defenseman throughout his Anaheim career, and 2021-22 has been no different, with 1374:57 of total time on ice, which is second to only Cam Fowler among all Anaheim skaters, and is the 30th-most in the NHL this season.
A career-long Duck since being selected with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Lindholm has totaled 57 goals and 222 points, along with a plus-74 rating, in 582 career games with Anaheim.
The 28-year-old Lindholm is a pending free agent, but it stands to reason that the Bruins have a significant interest in keeping the Swedish defenseman around on an extension given the price they paid, and his long-term viability as a top-four option.
An extension between the sides may even get done before the deadline.
Hampus Lindholm #47 of the Anaheim Ducks skates against the New York Islanders at the UBS Arena on March 13, 2022 in Elmont, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Hampus Lindholm #47 of the Anaheim Ducks reacts to his power-play goal with Kevin Bieksa #2 to take a 4-1 lead over the Los Angeles Kings during the second period at Staples Center on February 4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Hampus Lindholm #47 of the Anaheim Ducks controls the puck past Tomas Tatar #90 of the New Jersey Devils during the second period of a game at Honda Center on November 02, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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