It was one of those good news, bad news days.
The Anaheim Ducks finally signed holdout Hampus Lindholm to a contract. That’s the good news. The bad news is they were thumped 4-0 by the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center Friday night.
Lindholm, 22, agreed to a $31.5 million, six-year contract. A defender, he scored 92 points in 236 games over the last three seasons. The Ducks certainly could have used him Friday, as they fell to 3-4-2, good for eight points and a tie for fifth place in the NHL’s Pacific Division.
The Blue Jackets (3-3-1) peppered Anaheim goalie John Gibson with shots in the first quarter, scoring four times. Gibson ended up with 28 saves until he was replaced in the third quarter.
“We got outplayed by a hungrier hockey club tonight,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We were nowhere near NHL-caliber playing in our performance tonight.”
The Ducks are next in action on Tuesday when they take on the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.