UPDATE (Sunday, March 20): The Bruins officially announced a long-term extension for Lindholm. Click here to read more about the deal.
It doesn’t sound like the Boston Bruins are going to wait and see with newly-acquired defenseman Hampus Lindholm.
In fact, the 28-year-old Lindholm could very well have a new eight-year extension with the Bruins before even playing a game, according to the latest reports regarding the team’s newest addition.
With the sides off to a strong start on their extension talks, the latest word from TSN insider Chris Johnston is that it’s believed that the Bruins and Lindholm will ultimately land on an eight-year deal with a $6.5 million average annual value.
Expect Hampus Lindholm's eight-year extension with the #bruins to come in with an AAV around $6.5M.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 20, 2022
Acquired from Anaheim for a five-piece return that included a 2022 first-round pick, second-round selections in 2023 and 2024, and defensemen John Moore and Urho Vaakanainen, the Bruins’ desire to get an extension done and leave absolutely nothing chance with the 6-foot-4 defenseman only makes sense.
Lindholm, in case you’re wondering, is represented by former B’s villain Claude Lemieux.
If Lindholm indeed checks in at or around $6.5 million per year, it will slot him right between Brandon Carlo’s $4.1 million cap hit through 2026-27 and Charlie McAvoy’s $9.5 million that kicks in next season as Boston’s second-highest paid defender.
The 6-foot-4, 216-pound Lindholm comes to the Bruins in the midst of a season that’s included five goals and 22 points, along with 55 hits and 77 blocked shots, in 61 games for the Ducks.
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