Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has made his big move.
After acquiring defenseman Mike Reilly from the Senators late Sunday night, Sweeney swung for the fences with a move for the Sabres’ Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar in exchange for forward Anders Bjork and a second-round pick.
Hall comes to the Bruins in the midst of what’s been a truly miserable season in Buffalo (in every way), with two goals and 19 points in 37 games for the league-worst Sabres. Hall’s also shooting a career-worst 2.3 percent, and his minus-21 rating is also the worst mark of his career, though it’s obvious that the Sabres have offered little help in either regard.
Lazar, meanwhile, is a bottom-six forward with a bit of pop, with five goals and nine points through 33 games. Lazar, a 2013 first-round pick (No. 17 overall), comes to the B’s with term, too, as he’s signed through the 2021-22 season at a highly-affordable $800,000 cap hit.
From Boston’s view, Bjork leaves the Bruins having totaled just 16 goals and 39 points in 138 games over four seasons, along with just one assist in 10 playoff games (all in 2020).
Here’s five thoughts on the trade while we wait for it to become officially official…
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