Bruins extend Hampus Lindholm for 8 years after trade with Ducks

The Boston Bruins, seeking to boost their postseason chances, acquired defenseman Hampus Lindholm from the Anaheim Ducks ahead of Monday’s NHL trade deadline. However, when they did so it wasn’t just to rent him for the playoffs.

On Sunday, the team announced an 8 year extension with an AAV of $6.5 million dollars for their new addition.

“I’m super-excited to be a Bruin,” Lindholm told the media. “I think they’re already a championship team…It’s a good fit for me. I definitely think I’m going to help the team be a better team.”

Lindholm also revealed that the Ducks offered him more annual salary but he was more interested in term.

Bruins acquire Hampus Lindholm

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Jan 24, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) attempts a shot against the Boston Bruins during the second period at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins shipped defensemen Urho Vaakanainen and John Moore to the Ducks in Saturday’s trade, along with a first-round draft pick in 2022 and second-round picks in 2023 and 2024.

Boston also received defenseman Kodie Curran and an agreement that Anaheim will pay half of Lindholm’s remaining salary.

The trade signals that the Bruins are in win-now mode, with the Ducks in a rebuild mode. Anaheim also traded winger Nicolas Deslauriers to the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

“Hampus has been a fixture with the Ducks for years, which we value and respect,” Anaheim general manager Pat Verbeek said. “That said, we are very pleased with our return. As I’ve stated since arriving in Anaheim (on Feb. 3), our goal is to continue building a team that can compete for the Stanley Cup for the long haul. Adding players and assets that fit in the age group of our existing younger talent sets us up well for the future.”

Lindholm, 28, is in the final year of a six-year, $31.5 million deal he signed with Anaheim on Oct. 27, 2016. His salary is $6.75 million this season, and he will become an unrestricted free agent after the season if the Bruins don’t sign him to an extension.

Ducks did well in the trade

The Ducks selected Lindholm with the No. 6 overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft. With Anaheim, he has tallied 222 points (57 goals, 165 assists) in 582 regular-season games, adding 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) in 21 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Moore, 31, hasn’t played since Jan. 12, when he left a game against the Montreal Canadiens with an upper-body injury and has one assist in seven games this season. A first-round pick by Columbus in the 2009 draft, he has 118 points (38 goals, 80 assists) in 544 games with the Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, Arizona Coyotes, New York Rangers and Bruins.

Vaakanainen, 23, has four assists in 15 games this season and six assists in 31 games with the Bruins over parts of four seasons.

Curran, 32, never has played in the NHL. Assigned to the San Diego Gulls of the American Hockey League this season, he has 16 points (one goal, 15 assists) in 37 games.

Entering Sunday’s NHL action, the Bruins (38-19-5, 81 points) hold the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Ducks (27-26-11, 65 points) are seven points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

The Bruins play Monday night at Montreal. The Ducks host the Nashville Predators on Monday.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report