After acquiring 28-year-old defenseman Hampus Lindholm from the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night, the Boston Bruins announced that they had locked up the 6-foot-3, 208-pound left-shot defenseman to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension.
Hampus Lindholm is in the final year of a six-year contract that carried a $5.2 million salary-cap hit. Per the team, his new cap hit with the Bruins will be $6.5 million. Per our friends at PuckPedia, Lindholm’s new contract carries a full no-movement and no-trade clause in the first five years of the deal, and then in the final two, he has a 15-team no-trade list.
Hampus Lindholm's 8 year $6.5M Cap Hit extension:
Yr 1 5.25M Base + 2M SB
Yrs 2-4 6M Base & 2M SB
Yr 5 6.35M Base
Yr 6 4.8M Base
Yr 7 4.8M Base
Yr 8 4.8M Base
Yrs 1-5 full NMC/NTC, Yrs 6-8 15 team No Trade List
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Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney said that the strong possibility they could sign Lindholm to an extension was part of the thought process in giving up so many future assets like a first round pick, two second round picks and Urho Vaakanainen as well.
“I would be hard-pressed to think we’d give away the assets we did without the belief that could enter into an extension. We were confident in doing our due dilligence that this was a place that Hampus would be excited to play in,” said Sweeney. “[Lindholm] is an all-situational player. Carrying heavy minutes over the duration of his career to this point, that extends into situations we feel like we can continue to lean on [him]. We have to have players that can step into those situational minutes. The depth, the impact that we needed and identified [on defense] and that plenty of you [in the media] have written about, was something that we needed to address.”
Only Lindholm’s likely partner on defense with the Bruins, Charlie McAvoy, will be making more money on the Bruins’ blue line. McAvoy’s eight-year extension that carries a $9.5 million salary cap kicks in next season as well. Hampus Lindholm also has a $2 million signing bonus in each of the first two years of the contract.
Hampus 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’s best season came in the 2017-18 season when posted career highs of 13 goals and 31 points.
With the Anaheim Ducks retaining half of Lindholm’s remaining cap hit for this season, the Bruins now have $6.1 million left in salary cap space before the NHL Trade Deadline Monday at 3 PM ET.