Hampus Lindholm sounds like someone who is ready for his next adventure in the NHL.
Lindholm will provide a boost to the Bruins’ blueline and give the B’s a legitimate top-four pairing defenseman as he will play alongside Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo.
The 28-year-old has spent his nine-year NHL career with the Ducks, but decided to agree to an eight-year contract extension with the Bruins — in a city he’s never lived — despite Anaheim offering more money before the trade.
So, why the Bruins?
“I think they already have a championship-caliber team,” Lindholm said over Zoom during his introductory press conference Sunday. “I think any team I come to is going to be a better team.
“They always have that winning mindset. They find ways to get in the mix and compete,” he added. “I’ve missed it the last three years. I was very fortunate my first couple years to be in the playoffs and even go a few rounds. There’s nothing more fun. I can only imagine (doing it) in Boston. There’s a lot to be done to get there, but I’m ready to go to battle with everyone.”
Lindholm is confident he’ll be able to make a difference on a team that is looking to make a deep Stanley Cup run.
“Obviously, I can’t speak exactly for the team and how they’ve been playing, but I definitely think anywhere I go, I know I’m going to make a difference and I’m super excited to come to Boston,” Lindholm said. “It’s a good fit for me and I’m excited to see how it’s going to go the rest of the year and the years to come.”