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 hasn’t played in the NHL; he has 16 points (one goal, 15 assists) in 37 games with San Diego of the American Hockey League this season.
“Hampus has been an integral part of the Ducks for years, which we appreciate and respect,” Anaheim general manager Pat Verbeek said. “Having said that, we are very happy with our comeback. As I have said since arriving in Anaheim (hired Feb. 3), our goal is to continue to build a team that can compete for the Stanley Cup over the long term. and assets that match the age range of our existing young talent prepare us 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 could become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
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Lindholm has 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 61 games this season and sat out Friday in a 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers.
“If you go to Hampus right now, he’s focused on the practice he’s doing,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said Friday. “He’s an amazing kid in the way he can think through things. He’s not shaken by anything. He wants to win tonight, all of those things. I’d like to give you something dramatic that it’s been really hard for him, but he’s a strong kid mentally. He’s good.
“He’s taken the approach that he’s just going to worry about his day, what’s ahead 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 (6th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Lindholm scored 222 points (57 goals, 165 assists) in 582 regular season games and 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) in 21 Stanley Cups . Elimination games.
The Ducks (27-26-11) are seven points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for the second wild card in the Western Conference playoffs.
Moore, 31, has one assist in seven games this season and hasn’t played since Jan. 12. He has one season left on a five-year contract he signed with the Bruins on July 1, 2018 and can become an unrestricted free agent after the next season.
Selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round (21st overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Moore scored 118 points (38 goals, 80 assists) in 544 regular season games with the Bruins, Devils, Coyotes of Arizona and 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) finished fourth in the Atlantic Division, nine points behind the No. 1 Florida Panthers, and held the first wild card in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Boston has won 11 of its last 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 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 61 games this season; he scored 82 points (41 goals, 41 assists) in 486 regular season games with the Ducks, Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabers.
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 their defenseman Josh Manson to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday for defenseman Drew Helleson’s prospect and a second-round pick in the 2023 draft.