Bruins sign new defenseman Lindholm to 8-year extension
The Boston Bruins agreed to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension with defenseman Hampus Lindholm.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins agreed to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension with defenseman Hampus Lindholm on Sunday, one day after acquiring him from the Anaheim Ducks in a trade.
Lindholm came to Boston on Saturday night in a deal that sent a package of draft picks to the Ducks along with defensemen John Moore and Urho Vaakanainen.
The move for the top blue liner on the market heading into Monday's NHL trade deadline strengthens the Bruins' defense as they make a playoff push. Through Saturday's games, Boston had 81 points, good for fourth place in the Atlantic Division.
The Bruins sent a first-round pick this year and second-rounders in 2023 and ’24 to the Ducks, who will also pay half of Lindholm’s salary. Boston also acquired minor-league defenseman Kodie Curran.
The No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 draft, Lindholm, 28, has five goals and 17 assists in 61 games this season. The 6-foot-4, 216-pound defenseman has 57 goals and 165 assists in a nine-year NHL career.
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Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press