After I re-started the obscure former Bruins segment last week with defenseman Colin Miller, the series is back with center Par Lindholm.
Lindholm tallied 47 points in 49 regular season games and 11 points in 16 playoff games for Skellefteå AIK in the Swedish Hockey League in the 2017-2018 season. That led to him signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs ahead of the 2018-2019 season on a one-year Entry Level Contract.
That season, Lindholm had one goal and 11 assists for the Maple Leafs in 61 games before being dealt to the Winnipeg Jets for Nic Petan in February of 2019. He contributed one point in four games in the regular season for the Jets and went pointless in two playoff games.
When free agency opened on July 1, 2019, Lindholm signed a two year deal with the Bruins that had an AAV of $850,000. In 40 games as the Bruins fourth line center, Lindholm had three goals and three assists with just four penalty minutes, averaging 11:15 of ice time. One of his three goals was a game-winner.
In the playoff bubble that year, Lindholm went pointless in six games. In the 56 game 2021 Coronavirus-shortened season, Lindholm played just one game while being a healthy scratch the majority of the season.
During that season, Lindholm reached an agreement with his original club in Sweden to return to Europe. The Bruins granted him that opportunity, terminating his contract so he could go back to Sweden.
Lindholm ended his NHL career with four goals and 15 assists in 106 regular season games, averaging 11:19 of ice time with a +11 rating and 22 penalty minutes. He went without a point in eight playoff games, six of which were with the Bruins.
Since returning to Skellefteå AIK, Lindholm played the 2021-2022 season with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL in Russia. After one year in Russia, he re-signed with Skellefteå AIK ahead of the 2022-2023 season. He had 12 goals and 19 assists last season and is on a multi-year contract with them.
Lindholm was a reliable fourth line center in his brief NHL tenure who didn’t take penalties, but it was clear he didn’t have much of a path to NHL success. In his career in Sweden, he’s been a much better player and is clearly doing alright for himself over there. It seems Par is content in Europe.