Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 15: Taylor Hall #71 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New York Islanders during the third period at TD Garden on April 15, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Islanders 4-1. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Players like Taylor Hall aren’t supposed to simply fall into your lap.

But that’s exactly what happened to the Boston Bruins last month when Hall, possessing a full no-movement clause on a one-year deal with Buffalo, used that as the chip to force his way to the place he’s wanted to call home since 2010. Instead of shelling out a first-round pick and emptying the already-barren prospect cupboard to acquire Hall, the 29-year-old cost the Bruins a young player who had clearly fallen out of favor (Anders Bjork) and a second-round pick in a year where in-person scouting opportunities have been few and far between. That alone isn’t supposed to happen.

And if the Bruins are smart about the rarity of what’s happened to them here and the opportunity in front of them, they’ll know better than to call it quits and let Hall leave The Hub following the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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