Report: Lindholm seeking eight-year deal from Ducks, at least $6M per
Details are starting to come out about the contractual impasse between Anaheim and prized young defenseman Hampus Lindholm.
Fresh off an appearance with Team Sweden at the World Cup, Lindholm -- a still-unsigned RFA -- is reportedly seeking “more than $6 million per season over eight years,” according to the O.C. Register.
The 22-year-old is currently in Sweden training with SHL club Rogle BK, the team he played for prior to getting drafted sixth overall in 2012.
Lindholm is coming off his three-year, entry-level deal, one that carried a cap hit of $894,166.
The Ducks are in a bit of a financial squeeze and also need to sort out another RFA -- versatile forward Rickard Rakell -- so it’s understandable why negotiations with Lindholm have been drawn out.
That said, they’re not going to want to drag feet much longer.
Lindholm is a budding star on defense, coming off a year in which he scored a career-best 10 goals and 28 points in 80 games, averaging 22 minutes per night. He was also a huge part of Anaheim’s run to Game 7 of the Western Conference Final the previous spring, scoring 10 points in 16 games while increasing his ice time to 23:15.
According to the Register, the “feeling” is that Anaheim’s closer to a deal with Rakell than Lindholm. And on that note, it’s worth mentioning the Ducks make their season debut in two weeks -- on Oct. 13, with a road date in Dallas.