Ducks trade defenseman Hampus Lindholm to Bruins

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The Anaheim Ducks have dealt another defenseman, this time trading Hampus Lindholm to the Boston Bruins.

The defenseman was considered to be one of the top trade targets at this year’s deadline, especially on the blueline. He was ranked No. 2 on Frank Seravalli’s Trade Target’s list on Friday.

Lindholm joins Josh Manson as the second Ducks defenseman dealt at the deadline, after the team couldn’t agree to a contract extension with either player. After a strong start to the season, the Ducks have faltered a bit, putting them in a better position to sell at the deadline.

Lindholm currently has five goals and 22 points in 61 games this season, but he’s not as known for his offensive game 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, it isn’t the reason Lindholm’s underperforming there, as he is -0.32% and -3.62% relatively to his teammates in those stats, respectively.

Lindholm joins a Bruins team that has comfortably been in the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference for most of the season with a 38-19-5 record. However, they are challenging for a higher seeding, as they sit just two points back of the Toronto Maple Leafs with only one extra game played.



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