BOSTON - The Bruins signed forward Par Lindholm to a two-year contract on Monday worth an annual cap hit of $850,000.
"I think it is the toughness," Lindholm said of what appealed to him about Boston. "They have a tough team that has been like that for a long time. I think that is pretty intimidating. I know when we played the Bruins, it's always hard to play against them. I think that is probably the key to winning playoff games.
"I think I told [Bruins GM Don Sweeney] if you get the opportunity to play for the Bruins, you kind of want to…I know where he stands on me and we will see what happens when the season gets going."
Here is everything else you need to know about the Bruins' new forward:
Last team: Winnipeg Jets
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 183 pounds
Birthday: Oct. 5, 1991 (27 years old)
Hometown: Kusmark, Sweden
Miscellaneous: The Sweden native played four seasons in the Swedish Hockey League - during which he averaged around 13 goals per year - before making his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. Lindholm, who went undrafted, tallied 12 points (goal, 11 assists) in 61 games for the Leafs.
"I got the opportunity, I think, three years ago to go play in the NHL. I turned it down because I didn't think I was ready for it," Lindholm said during a conference call on Monday evening. "So, I had a good year in Sweden, the opportunity came again with Toronto. I was happy with my improvement that year, thought I was ready."
Lindholm was then dealt to Winnipeg at the February trade deadline and notched one assist in four games. The 27-year-old also played in two postseason contests for the Jets.
"I am happy with how I played last year," said Lindholm. "But when I look at it, I am pretty sad I didn't do more. I didn't feel out-skated or stuff like that. I think I played pretty good but just couldn't score. I think the confidence went pretty low…I think have a lot more to give in this league, I really do."
Scouting Report: A versatile forward that can play both center and wing, as well as help out on special teams. He'll provide the Bruins with depth and options at the bottom of the lineup after the departure of Noel Acciari, who signed with the Florida Panthers on Monday.
"I am comfortable with both," Lindholm said of playing both forward spots. "I mean, I'm a centerman from the start. I think I play better when I'm in the middle, but I'm pretty comfortable with wing too. I played a lot of games last year on the wing, so I'm fine with both."