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Report: Boston Bruins Trade For Ducks Defenseman Hampus Lindholm

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The Boston Bruins have executed the big move they needed ahead of the NHL trade deadline. The Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks have made an agreement to trade top pair left-shot defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Black and Gold, per a Weekes bomb from NHL Network and ESPN analyst Kevin Weekes.

Subsequent reports have the Boston Bruins giving up a 2022 first round pick, a 2023 second round pick, a 2024 second round pick, Urho Vaakanainen and John Moore in exchange for Lindholm, with the Ducks retaining 50 percent of his salary for cap purposes. That’s quite a haul but there’s most definitely extra in there for Anaheim taking on Moore’s contract from the Boston Bruins.

As we wrote about earlier this week, the Ducks were the most logical trading partner for the Boston Bruins given that they had Lindholm and winger Rickard Rakell as big trade pieces. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Lindholm has five goals and 22 points with an even plus/minus rating in 61 games while averaging 22:32 of ice time per game.

Lindholm serves as an immediate upgrade for a Boston back end that has struggled on the left side with both Matt Grzelcyk and Mike Reilly on the smaller side, and Derek Forbort struggling in recent weeks to be a shutdown defenseman when Boston needed him most in third period situations. A Bruins blue line with Lindholm and Charlie McAvoy at the top gives them two defensemen that will be able to play nearly half the game in the Stanley Cup playoffs with quality two-way play and puck-moving ability that Boston didn’t have last postseason.

Lindholm’s production hasn’t been quite as good as when he posted career highs of 13 goals and 31 points in the 2017-18 season, but he’s still a major upgrade for Boston and a player that can play at a very high level as a former sixth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. The big question will be if the Boston Bruins will be able to retain Lindholm beyond this season as he approaches unrestricted free agency at the end of a five-year deal with Anaheim that paid him $5.2 million per season. If they can do that at a rate that doesn’t bust up their salary cap, this will be a big, big deal for the Black and Gold.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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Ted

Just what I wanted! Hopefully we didnt give up Lysell or Lohrie.

John

This is a bad trade unless the sign him long term

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no icing

a first and two seconds for a rental, even a good one ? who is going to help the goalie when mc avoy and this guy aren’t on the ice ? Bs are still one and done. they haven’t been able to finish games for years. this isn’t going to change things, except strip a few top draft picks from the future. this is almost enough to make me miss harry.

Art

I can’t believe that we gave up so much of our future for a potentially a rental. Even if he signs, we still mortgage our future rebuild! Re-building on the fly doesn’t cut it anymore. We have to go through the process of playing our younger assets and give them the experience to play with the the experienced players. If that means a couple losing season for a few years and not making the playoffs so be it…..we will end up with a better team in the future.

Bob Lataille

Contrary to all the negative reactions to this trade, I think this is a GREAT trade for Boston IF they resign Lindholm to an extension. Giving up a first round pick this season is tough, but Lindholm was a former 6th overall first round pick. So if they resign him, they are basically trading a 22nd-ish overall pick in 2022 for a proven former first round pick who is still only 28 (and D-man age better than forwards). Plus, getting Moore off the books helps with the Bs salary cap going forward. The Bruins got better without giving up anyone… Read more »

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