Hampus Lindholm

Anaheim signs 2012 first-rounder Lindholm


The Anaheim Ducks have agreed to terms on an entry level deal with defenseman Hampus Lindholm, the sixth overall selection from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Eric Stephens of the OC Register reports it’s a three-year deal worth $925,000 at the NHL level ($70,000 at the AHL level.)

Lindholm, 18, appeared in 28 regular season games with Rogle BK of the Swedish second division last year and scored five points in 10 playoff games, helping Rogle gain promotion to the Swedish Elite League for 2012-13.

Anaheim’s decision to take Lindholm at No. 6 caused some minor waves in Pittsburgh. Lindholm was the fourth-ranked European skater by NHL Central Scouting heading into the draft, behind Filip Forsberg, Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Colberg — not one of whom was selected before him.

The Ducks also passed on the likes of defensmen Mathew Dumba, Derrick Pouliot, Jacob Trouba and Slater Koekkoek in favor of Lindholm.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.