Hampus Lindholm is back.
After ending his contract squabble — with a six-year, $31.5 million extension — securing his work visa and taking part in a practice, Lindholm is ready to make his season debut tonight when the Ducks take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus.
Following yesterday’s skate, Lindholm told reporters he was ready to go.
Apparently that message was relayed to Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle.
“We’ve got to get him up to game speed as quickly as possible,” Carlyle told the Ducks website. “The things we did today were pushing, shoving, defending and shooting. Probably the things he did the least of during his practice time [with Rogle, of the Swedish League].”
A crucial part of Anaheim’s defense, Lindholm scored a career-high 10 goals last year, finishing with 28 points. He averaged 22 minutes per game during the regular season, then saw that bumped to 23:34 during an opening-round playoff loss to Nashville.