Hampus Lindholm was traded to the Boston Bruins by the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday for defensemen John Moore and Urho Vaakanainen and three NHL Draft picks.
Anaheim received a first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.
The Bruins also received defenseman Kodie Curran. The 32-year-old has not played in the NHL; he has scored 16 points (one goal, 15 assist) in 37 games with San Diego of the American Hockey League this season.
“Hampus has been a fixture with the Ducks for years, which we value and respect,” Anaheim general manager Pat Verbeek said. “That said, we are very pleased with our return. As I’ve stated since arriving in Anaheim (hired Feb. 3), our goal is to continue building a team that can compete for the Stanley Cup for the long haul. Adding players and assets that fit in the age group of our existing younger talent sets us up well for the future.”
Lindholm, a 28-year-old defenseman, is in the final season of a six-year contract he signed with the Ducks on Oct. 27, 2016, and can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
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Lindholm has scored 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 61 games this season and did not play Friday in a 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers.
“If you walked down there to Hampus right now, he’s focused on the workout he’s doing,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said Friday. “He’s an incredible kid the way he can think his way through things. He’s not rattled by anything. He wants to win tonight, all those things. I’d like to give you something dramatic that it’s been really hard on him, but that’s a mentally tough kid. He’s good.
“He’s taken the approach he’s just going to worry about his day, what’s in front of him and what he can control, and go about it that way. He’s good. I’m really proud of him.”
Selected by Anaheim in the first round (No. 6) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Lindholm has scored 222 points (57 goals, 165 assists) in 582 regular-season games and 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) in 21 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
The Ducks (27-26-11) are seven points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference.
Moore, 31 has one assist in seven games this season and has not played since Jan. 12. He has one season remaining on a five-year contract he signed with the Bruins on July 1, 2018 and can become an unrestricted free agent after next season.
Selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round (No. 21) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Moore has scored 118 points (38 goals, 80 assists) in 544 regular-season games with the Bruins, Devils, Arizona Coyotes, New York Rangers and Blue Jackets, and four assists in 49 playoff games.
Vaakanainen, 23, has four assists in 15 games this season and six assists in 31 NHL games. He is in the final season of his entry-level contract and can become a restricted free agent after the season.
The Bruins (38-19-5) were fourth in the Atlantic Division, nine points behind the first-place Florida Panthers, and held the first wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Boston won 11 of its past 14 games (11-2-1).
On Saturday, Anaheim also traded forward Nicolas Deslauriers to the Minnesota Wild for a third-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.
Deslauriers has scored 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 61 games this season; he has scored 82 points (41 goals, 41 assists) in 486 regular-season games with the Ducks, Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres.
The 31-year-old forward is in the final season of a two-year contract he signed with the Ducks on Feb. 15, 2020 and could become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
The Ducks traded defenseman Josh Manson to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday for defenseman prospect Drew Helleson and a second-round pick in the 2023 draft.