Bruins Make Two Huge Splashes, Signing Elias Lindholm and Nikita Zadorov

The Boston Bruins have made two significant moves in free agency, landing center Elias Lindholm and defenseman Nikita Zadorov. 

Lindholm has signed a lucrative seven-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $7.5 million. 

This acquisition bolsters the Bruins' depth down the middle, adding a right-shot center known for his solid 200-foot game and competitive edge.

Lindholm was fantastic in the playoffs for the Canucks, recording five goals and five assists for 10 total points across 13 games, and was one of Vancouver's most impactful players throughout their two rounds.

Over his 11-year NHL career, the 29-year-old has recorded 218 goals and 339 assists for 557 total points across 818 games played. He's an All-Star, 4-time Selke Trophy finalist, and 2-time Lady Byng Trophy candidate.

In addition to Lindholm, the Bruins have also secured the services of the towering defenseman Nikita Zadorov, signing him to a 6-year deal, worth $5M annually.

His presence will undoubtedly add size and physicality to the Bruins' blue line. 

This season, the 29-year-old scored five goals, 14 total points, a +6 plus/minus rating, 49 blocked shots and 124 hits across 54 games played after being dealt to the Canucks.

Both players previously played together on the Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks, making this the third team they've joined as a pair in recent seasons. With these signings, the Bruins are making a strong statement of intent for the 2024-2025 season.

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