Well, it appears as if the Bruins are certainly going for it this season.
With the B’s nonetheless in want of some scoring punch outdoors of its prime line, Don Sweeney is reportedly bringing within the prime ahead on the trade market — with TSN’s Darren Dreger reporting Boston is buying forwards Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar from the Sabres in alternate for Anders Bjork and a second-round choose.
Hall’s tanking worth throughout his 4 months in Buffalo allowed Boston to pry him from the Sabres on what needs to be thought-about a discount — particularly on condition that Bjork has primarily been scratched over the past week on this B’s lineup. Now, granted, Hall shouldn’t be the identical Hall he was throughout his heyday with the Oilers and Devils, with the previous Hart Trophy winner and first total choose solely tallying two targets and 19 factors in 37 video games with Buffalo.
However, given each his traditionally low capturing share (2.3%) and different promising metrics that we mapped out on our previous breakdown of a potential Hall deal, there stands an excellent likelihood that Hall at the very least rebounds right into a viable top-six winger — particularly if slotted subsequent to a man like David Krejci and maybe even David Pastrnak. And if he would not pan out, then the fee was only a man in Bjork that was knocked out of the lineup rotation — and a second-round choose.
Boston is also bringing in some much-needed bottom-six depth with Lazar — who has tallied 5 targets and 9 factors in 33 video games for the Sabres this 12 months. Under contract by subsequent season at a modest cap hit of $800,000 — Lazar is ready to play each middle and wing and is a trusted PK presence. One wonders if he carves out an everyday position on a B’s fourth line that has fallen into many ruts this season.
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