Just a day after trading for him, the Boston Bruins signed defenseman Hampus Lindholm to an eight-year contract extension with a $6.5 million cap.
The Bruins acquired Lindholm on Saturday from the Anaheim Ducks in a blockbuster trade deal, bringing him back for a first-round pick, two second-round picks, Urho Vaakanainen and John Moore. It looks like they wanted to make that award worth it and keep it longer than this season.
Lindholm currently has five goals and 22 points in 61 games this season, although he’s not known as much for his offensive play as he is for being a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. He has a 48.55% CF% and 46.42% xGF% this season at even strength, and while the Ducks don’t have strong underlying numbers as a team, that’s not the reason. for which Lindholm underperforms there, as he is -0.32% and -3.62% against his teammates in those stats, respectively. It will be interesting to see how that changes once he enters the Bruins roster.
With this extension, the Bruins now have six defensemen locked up until at least 2024. Matt Grzelcyk, Mike Reilly and Derek Forbort all have two years on their contracts after this season, while Brandon Carlo is with the team until 2027 and Lindholm joins Charlie McAvoy in being locked up until 2030.