Ducks Take Home a Haul for Hampus Lindholm

The Anaheim Ducks have reached an agreement with the Boston Bruins that will include Hampus Lindholm, Vaakanainen and multiple draft picks.

The Bruins are trading partners with the Ducks, interestingly bringing stability to their defense weekend of deals. Hampus Lindholm is the main asset in this monstrous deal. The 6’4 216-pound left-back is an excellent piece for the Bruins but will they spend too much to get him?

The Bruins are giving up their previous two picks of the first round by tackling Urho Vaakanainen and John Moore ahead of time. The Bruins will also forgo three high draft picks. First-round selection in 2022 and second-round selection in 2023 and 2024 will be part of the deal.

NHL Trade Grade: Boston Bruins

The Bruins were a strong contender in their convention with a seventh-best record in the east. The team has won just three of its last eight games against playoff teams and has struggled to climb higher than the wildcard spot in the playoff race. Lindholm came to change that.

Hampus Lidholm has been a dark horse for the Ducks, averaging over 22 minutes for Anaheim this season. The star guardians possesses great invisibility and great discipline with just 40 minutes of penalty kicks in his 61 games.

The Bruins will pair Lindholm with Charlie Macavoy as the first pair of defense. Boston now has two elite defensive players to power their playoffs. Lindholm has the size, discipline and experience that will be crucial in May. The 28-year-old has a lot of playoff experience with the Ducks. His team made it to the knockout stages for five consecutive years from 2014 to 2018. Lindholm was a starter in two grand finals and scored 21 points in his playoff career. He would be a great fit in Boston this season.

Boston has a nail but it will cost a fortune. The Ducks defender will cause the Bruins to lose many draft picks and prospects. The least valuable part of the deal is John Moore. Moore is a veteran of good size. The 31-year-old was picked in the first round in 2009 but there hasn’t been much frost time this season for the Bruins. His absence will not have a big impact on this team.

The real prospect that was abandoned in this deal was Urho Vaakanainen. Vaakanainen is a 23-year-old defender who was placed 18th overall in 2017. He has shown potential but has only played 15 games this season for the Bruins.

The drafts exchanged under this arrangement constitute the bulk of the trade. Boston gave up one first-round pick in 2022 and two second-round picks (2023 and 2024). The Bruins expect that Lindholm will return to Boston even though his contract is set to expire this season. The Bruins have since extended Hampus Lindholm to an eight-year contract, cementing his future in Boston.

Class B-

NHL Trade Grade: Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim went away with plenty of tools to improve their roster through this deal. The Ducks are unlikely to re-sign Linholm at the end of the season, so the value of the deal is extraordinary. Ducks are seven points behind the Golden Knights for a playoff spot in the west. Their chances of reaching the knockout stages look slim, especially given the team’s current six-game losing streak. Getting leads and draft selections is a great move for a quick rebuild.

Urho Vaakanainen is a great pick for Ducks but probably won’t affect the team immediately. The young prospect has limited NHL experience with the Bruins but has the potential to become an excellent doubles striker in a few years’ time.

The Ducks will also be looking forward to drafts with two draft picks in their first round. Anaheim was able to acquire three or more elite leads through this commercial arrangement to build their list. It may take a few years but Anaheim now have all the tools needed to get back to their perennial playoff form.

Anaheim’s fan base will be excited about the future of this team after making this transaction.

Grade: A + Ducks Take Home a Haul for Hampus Lindholm

John Verrall

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