Boston Bruins Acquire Hampus Lindholm

Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney and his management team were working hard to make this deal since I tweeted that and on Saturday, he pulled the trigger with the Anaheim Ducks acquiring Hampus Lindholm and Kodie Curran for the Bruins first round pick in 2022, second round pick in 2023 and second round pick in 2024 along with Urho Vaakanainen and John Moore.

As I reported a few times on Twitter, Lindholm was willing to talk extension with three teams and the Bruins were on of those teams. It is believed Lindholm has agreed to an eight-year deal with a cap hit of $6.5 million and that deal will be registered with the league in the next few days.

The Bruins were also interested in pending UFA Ducks forward Rickard Rakell, but unlike Lindholm, he was not willing to discuss an extension. The Bruins could revisit that on Sunday and bring Rakell in with the hopes they could sign him before he hits free agency. Rakell and Lindholm are also best friends.

Sweeney had to close out this deal on Saturday to get his man. They were also heavily involved in talks with Arizona Coyotes defenceman Jakob Chychrun and from information I had were the front runners as late as Friday night. But the Los Angeles Kings, who were also heavily after Chychrun upped the ante on Saturday and it was too much for the Bruins and pulled the trigger on this deal before someone else did.

The cost to acquire Chychrun would have been a lot higher. And while Chychrun has a better deal for the next three seasons, he will then make plenty more than Lindholm’s $6.5 million. And that’s planning for now and the future.  

If you break down this deal, it’s a first-round pick, second-round pick and Vaakanainen for Lindholm. The extra second-round pick was for Anaheim to take on the remainder of Moore’s contract for this season and next. This has put the Bruins in an excellent situation with the cap to pull off another major deal, likely to happen on Sunday and on Monday, they will look to add depth pieces.

Here’s a look at the Bruins possible lineup and their cap situation following this deal:

The important number is deadline cap space, which is at $6,153,090. That means the Bruins could potentially add a player with an AAV of just over $6.1 million. What the question is: are they looking for a right wing to play on the top line or a center for the second line? If it’s a right wing then Jake DeBrusk has to move and that puts them in a totally different cap situation because of DeBrusk’s $3.675 million cap hit. If it’s a center and DeBrusk is involved, then they’ve created a hole on the right side.

Stay tuned!

Moving forward, they have a defence core set up for several years. With Lindholm, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo, Matt Grzelcyk and Mason Lohrei on the way, that is a core you can win with. If you believe that you win by building from the net out, Sweeney has put the team in excellent position. This has been Sweeney’s best deal yet and there is more to come. Let’s see what Sunday and Monday brings.

Published by Dominic Tiano

Following the Ontario Hockey League players eligible for the NHL Draft. I provide season-long stats, updates and player profiles as well as draft rankings.

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