Bruins land top-four defenseman in blockbuster trade with Ducks


The Boston Bruins have awoken from their pre-NHL trade deadline slumber in a big way.

The Bruins acquired defenseman Hampus Lindholm from the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday in a blockbuster trade that was first reported by ESPN's Kevin Weekes. Here are the full terms of the deal, per the team:

Bruins receive:

  • Defenseman Hampus Lindholm
  • Defenseman Kodie Curran

Ducks receive:

  • Defenseman Urho Vaakanainen
  • Defenseman John Moore
  • 2022 first-round draft pick
  • 2023 second-round draft pick
  • 2024 second-round draft pick

The Ducks will also retain 50% of Lindholm's salary for this season while taking on Moore's contract.

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That's a hefty price, but Lindholm is nonetheless an excellent addition who fills Boston's need for a left-shot blueliner.

The 28-year-old Sweden native is a top-four defenseman who boasts an impressive offensive skill set, with five goals and 17 assists in 61 games for Anaheim this season. The Bruins were among several teams rumored to be interested in Lindholm prior to Monday's NHL trade deadline.

Lindholm is on the final year of a six-year, $31.5 million contract and is set to hit free agency this offseason, but the B's have already contacted Lindholm's camp about a potential contract extension that would keep him in Boston past this season, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reports.

Boston is all but locked into a Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The B's have been playing very well of late -- 7-2-1 in their last 10 games -- and Lindholm's addition could give them more momentum as they aim to make another Stanley Cup run with a veteran core led by Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

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