After acquiring Hampus Lindholm from the Anaheim Ducks Saturday, the Bruins have signed the defensemen to a long-term extension. As reported by TSN’s Chris Johnston last night, the extension is for eight years and carries an average annual value of “around” $6.5M.
Lindholm was acquired along with minor league defenseman Kodie Curran in exchange for defensemen John Moore and Urho Vaakanainen, a first-round draft pick, and two second-round draft picks. The Bruins had been linked to just about every high-profile left-handed defenseman leading up to this trade deadline and now they have not only acquired their man, but have signed him for eight more years.
The Ducks had been trying hard to extend Lindholm leading up until this trade. However, talks did not progress, seemingly over Lindholm’s desire for an eight-year contract and Anaheim’s reluctance to go to that length. Lindholm, 28, has five goals and 17 assists in 61 games this season and is regarded as a premiere shutdown defenseman.