NHL Trade Deadline 2022: The Bruins Acquires Hampus Lindholm From Ducks

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Hampus Lindholm

The Bruins have strengthened their defense for the stretch run by acquiring Hampus Lindholm from Anaheim in exchange for three draft picks, Urho Vaakanainen, and John Moore.

The contract was initially reported by Kevin Weekes of ESPN and TSN in Canada. Just after 6:3o p.m., the Bruins made the deal official. Lindholm’s prorated $5.2 million salary will be retained by Anaheim. Boston is also getting Kodie Curran, a 32-year-old AHL defenseman who will most certainly be assigned to Providence.

As of Saturday morning, TSN had Lindholm as the best player among those likely to be dealt on its trade board.

Lindholm, a 28-year-old left-shot defenseman who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, has five goals and 22 assists in 61 games for the Ducks.

The former first-round pick, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 208 pounds, has spent his entire nine-year career with the Ducks. He has everaged 22:32 minutes per game, which is second on the Ducks. The Bruins are likely to try to reach an agreement on a contract extension.

With Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlon, and Matt Grzelcyk on defense, he’ll be part of Boston’s top four.

The Bruins are also said to be looking into trades for a top-six forward before Monday’s trade deadline, particularly if Jake DeBrusk’s desire to be transferred is granted.