The Anaheim Ducks are a .500 team after the first eight games of the season and they will be looking for some more immediate improvement, now that they have finally locked up restricted free agent defenseman Hampus Lindholm to a new deal.
The 22-year old Swede signed a new 6-year, $5.25 million deal on Thursday morning and he will now be starting to make his way back to the Anaheim lineup.
Lindholm has hovered in the 30-to-35 point range in his short NHL career and has some good offensive upside to his game, establishing himself as one of the key blueliners for the Ducks. The long-term deal will concrete his spot on the team for the foreseeable future.
This is good news for Mike, as he has been patiently waiting for this deal to get done, so he can add another healthy body to this pool team's lineup. The only trick is, there's no word as to when he will be returning to the lineup, so he'll be listed as a non-roster healthy scratch until he is ready to go. One might assume that he will need a practice or two before jumping in, but he has had some play already, joining Sweden in the World Cup.