Bruins go big and acquire Hampus Lindholm from Ducks; working on extension

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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

NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes broke the trade from a barber’s chair that the Boston Bruins have acquired Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm.

The trade breaks down as follows:

To Boston: Hampus Lindholm, and Kodie Curran
To Anaheim: 1st-rd pick in 2022, 2nd-rd pick in 2023, 2nd-rd pick in 2024, John Moore and Urho Vaakanainen.

Curran is a 32 year-old AHL defenseman in that has yet to appear in the NHL.

Bruins acquire Lindholm, working on extension

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Feb 25, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm (47) moves the puck ahead of Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) during the first period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Lindholm, 28, is a pending UFA who makes $5.2M against the cap. This season he has recorded 22 points in 61 games.

The sticking point between the Ducks and Lindholm was not over money but years on his next contract. Anaheim apparently refused to go beyond five years. That does not seem to be a problem for the Bruins.

Per Andy Strickland, Lindholm’s agent is already working on an extension with the Bruins.

Ducks get futures

The Ducks were seeking almost exactly what the Canadiens received for Ben Chiarot (a 1st, 3rd, and a prospect.) They might have actually done better than the Habs on this one.

Aside from three great draft picks they obtained two players. John Moore is 31 with one year left on his deal and cap hit of $2.75M. However, it’s Urho Vaakanainen that may have the quickest impact for the Ducks. He will be an RFA this summer.

Per team release:

Vaakanainen, 23 (1/1/99), has recorded six points (0-6=6) in 31 career NHL games with Boston. The 6-2, 200-pound defensemen collected four assists (0-4=4) in 15 games with Boston this season and added 1-7=8 points with a +6 rating and 20 PIM in 23 games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL).