The Boston Bruins announced Sunday that they have signed recently-acquired defenseman Hampus Lindholm to an eight-year deal worth $6.5 million annually ($52 million total).
The deal comes less than 24 hours after the 28-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks for a 2022 first-round pick, a 2023 second-round pick, a 2024 second-round pick, defenseman John Moore, and defenseman Urho Vaakanainen.
Boston was in need of defensive fortitude to bolster its top pairings in hopes of clinching its spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs this season. He will likely slot in on Boston’s top defensive pairing alongside Charlie McAvoy.
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Lindholm was having another solid year with an Anaheim Ducks team that has lacked serious ambitions of contending in recent years. In 61 games this season, he posted five goals and 17 assists (22 points) with a zero plus-minus rating and 77 blocked shots.
Quite the talent to inject on the blue line for a Bruins team whose defensive depth over the last two seasons proved to be their Achilles heel in the postseason — especially when they lost Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller due to injuries in their second-round series last year against the New York Islanders.
Now they have the foundation to approach the postseason where high-powered opponents such as the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Toronto Maple Leafs potentially await.