In Boston, Hampus Lindholm is no rental.
The Bruins have not only acquired the former Ducks defenseman for a major haul ahead of the 2022 NHL trade deadline, but locked him up as a top-4 left-shot defenseman for the long-term. Boston officially announced an extension for Lindholm on Sunday, an eight-year deal worth $6.5 million annually.
Lindholm, 28, will be the Bruins’ third-highest-paid player in the 2022-23 season, after Charlie McAvoy ($9.5M) and David Pastrnak ($6.7M). He projects as the Bruins’ top defensive left-shot defenseman, a solid complement to McAvoy if not an excellent second-pairing guy, and one of their leading penalty killers.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney acknowledged in a press conference Sunday that the Bruins made the trade with the knowledge that Lindholm wanted to sign long-term, and that the two sides would quickly land on an agreement.
“I would be hard-pressed to think we were going to give away the assets and trade away the assets we did without the belief that we could enter into an extension,” Sweeney said. “Obviously, the timing is difficult, and you’ve got to have some trust that your group’s gonna find common ground after the fact. But we were confident that, in doing our due diligence, that this would be a place that Hampus would be excited to play in.”
Boston acquired Lindholm and defenseman Kodie Curran from Anaheim on Saturday, in exchange for defensemen Urho Vaakanainen and John Moore, their first-round pick in 2022, and second-round picks in 2023 and 2024.
Lindholm expects to arrive in Boston on Monday, while the team is in Montreal to play the Canadiens, and make his Bruins debut on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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