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NHL - US Sports: Lindholm ready to make Bruins better

Defenceman Hampus Lindholm showed his self-belief stating he will be a difference maker for the Boston Bruins after he was traded from the Anaheim Ducks.

The Bruins, 16/1 to win the Stanley Cup, sent a first-round (2022), and two second-round (2023, 2024) draft pick, plus defence pair John Moore and Urho Vaakanainen to the Ducks for Lindholm.

Lindholm handed major deal

Immediately, Boston have agreed an eight-year contract extension ($6.5million average annual value) with the 28-year-old Swede, who has scored 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) in 61 games this season with the Ducks.

Lindhom was selected in the first-round, sixth-overall of the 2012 NHL draft and in nine seasons with Anaheim has registered 222 points (57 goals, 165 assists) in 582 regular season games.

In the play-offs, the offensive minded blue-liner has 21 points (four goals, 17 assists) in 55 appearances.

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His last appearance in the post-season was in 2017/18 and Lindholm couldn't hide his delight at joining a team who he believes have a chance at the Stanley Cup each season having qualified for the play-offs in five seasons running.

Bruins on the play-off trail

Boston (38-19-5) are currently fourth in the Atlantic Division and hold the first Wild Card spot to make the play-offs from the Eastern Division.

A confident Lindhom commented to the media about his move to the Bruins: "They already have a championship-calibre team. I think any team I come to is going to be a better team.

"I definitely think anywhere I go, I know I'm going to make a difference. I'm super excited to come to Boston. I think it's a good fit for me."

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