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Taylor Hall 2021 Grading the Bruins trade for

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Mon, 12 Apr 2021 02:00:00 -0700

Grading the trade for the Boston Bruins that acquired Taylor Hall from the Buffalo Sabres Sunday night for Anders Bjork and a second-round pick

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Mar 16, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; Buffalo Sabres left wing Taylor Hall (4) skates against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Prudential Center.

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If you went to bed early Sunday night, you missed out on the big trade deadline news for the Boston Bruins.

Don Sweeney was working the phones into the late hours on Sunday, finalizing a deal to bring in Taylor Hall from the Buffalo Sabres.

The Bruins also received forward Curtis Lazar, while sending the Buffalo Sabres Anders Bjork and a 2021 second-round pick. Buffalo also agreed to retain 50% of Hall’s $8 million salary.

It's official! Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar are heading to the Bruins in exchange for Anders Bjork and a 2021 second-round pick.

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— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 12, 2021

For the Bruins, they get a left-winger for David Krejci on the second-line, in addition to a depth forward to help round out the bottom-six.

Hall only has two goals and 17 assists in 37 games for Buffalo, but his teammates that he’ll have in Boston should be a major upgrade from those he had in Buffalo.

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For the Sabres, they get a player that never came into form in Boston, but has shown flashes to be a solid contributor on a second or third line, in addition to another draft asset.

This is about as easy of a decision as making Patrice Bergeron the new captain.

It’s the Bruins and it isn’t close.

A near consensus reaction to the trade was Boston did not give up a ton.

Most importantly – they did not give up the first-round pick.

Sweeney had been rumoured to be wary of giving up that pick, after a history of giving out first-round picks at the deadline, but he held onto it and still was able to get Hall.

Almost impossible to dislike the Hall deal.

Even if you don't think Bruins should buy, you get Hall for a guy who was on his way out & a 2nd round pick.

At the very least, you get some time to maybe work out an extension while his value is at an all-time low

— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 12, 2021

Because the Bruins did not give up that first-round pick and only had to give up Bjork, a guy who was on the outs anyway in Boston, it’s an extremely low-risk, potentially high-reward deal.

The fact that Buffalo retained half the salary is the cherry on top for Boston.

At worst, you get a rental that even during one of his worst years still has the potential to be a threat offensively and gives Krejci the best option on winger he’s had all year (minus the recent games with David Pastrnak sliding down to the second line).

Or, Hall improves offensively with a better team and better linemates and helps the Bruins make a run for the Cup this season.

Boston can work on an extension and keep Hall around for longer.

Either way, Boston is showing it’s going all-in by getting Hall with only a couple more seasons left of the core group.

Now for Buffalo … let me say this.

If David Savard and Nick Foligno hadn’t been traded for first-round picks just hours earlier, there’s not as big of an uproar.

Hall’s trade value was at an all-time low, it made zero sense for the Sabres not to move Hall so their hands were tied and getting a second-round pick would have still been a win for Buffalo.

However, when you see guys like Savard and Foligno, who don’t bring nearly as much to the table as Hall, it’s very easy to point fingers at GM Kevyn Adams and ask what are you doing.

How do you not get at least a first-round pick for Hall? I imagine Hall’s no-trade clause was what handicapped Adams a bit.

With Hall having the final say where he would go, the negotiation tactics for Adams had to be adjusted.

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But for Buffalo, it gets at least something for a player who was going to walk this summer.

There’s a chance Bjork turns into an everyday NHL player, and there’s still the second-round pick.

It’s two solid pieces for a team still trying to rebuild.

However, it’s hard not to wish they could’ve gotten more for one of the top trade deadline targets.

 

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The price was too appealing and the core's championship window is too small to pass up on a Taylor Hall trade

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We’d been hearing that the Bruins were one of the teams in on Taylor Hall for weeks (years if you go back to when New Jersey was ready to move him, and also when Arizona was thinking of becoming a seller).

So it’s unlikely general manager Don Sweeney’s late Sunday/early Monday trade to acquire Hall and depth forward Curtis Lazar from Buffalo for Anders Bjork and a second-round pick — with Buffalo reportedly retaining 50 percent of Hall’s $8 million cap hit — was a response to Boston’s embarrassing 8-1 loss to Washington on Sunday night.

But Sweeney clearly needed to change the focus of the conversation, from both his team’s lenient effort against the Capitals and the ongoing issues they’ve had scoring 5-on-5 even when fully healthy.

More importantly, he had to answer questions from both his veteran core and his fan base about what he was doing to make sure the window to compete for the Stanley Cup remained open at least a crack.

And his answer was distinct: let’s give it one more shot while David Krejci and Tuukka Rask (hopefully healthy enough to play later this week) are still wearing Bruins sweaters, and while Patrice Bergeron can still claim a spot among the top three or four all-around centers in the league (he will turn 36 this summer, after all).

So Sweeney made two deals on Trade Deadline Eve.

In a move that served as chicken fingers to what turned into a steak dinner, the Bruins also dealt a third-round pick to pick up veteran defenseman Mike Reilly from Ottawa.

The journeyman puck-mover brings a little more size and experience to a corps decimated by injury.

If the Bruins get fully healthy for the playoffs, he’ll be an option over Jeremy Lauzon or Jakub Zboril.

For now, he’ll be a cork in the bucket for a Bruins defense corps that can’t endure more efforts like Sunday’s.

It remains to be seen whether even a fully healthy Bruins defense corps will have enough of the right elements to get them deep in the postseason, particularly in a year when they know they’re going to have to go through some combination of Washington, Pittsburgh, and the New York Islanders just to reach the league semifinals.

They’re going to need speed and size, savvy and smarts.

Sweeney, though, obviously thinks he has the D corps to accomplish the Bruins’ goals.

The Bruins are capped out even after Buffalo’s salary retention, so any deal to upgrade the defense between now and 3 p.m.

Monday has to move money out, meaning a high-priced D will require a high-priced player moving on.

Instead of helping the defense, Sweeney decided to address the hole on the wing that’s seemingly been there for years and grew bigger with every regression Jake DeBrusk and Bjork sustained.

Sweeney took a different approach in 2019, adding Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson.

Instead of Johansson playing in the top six, he and Coyle formed two-thirds of a strong third line that helped push Boston to the Cup final.

Krejci was left with a rotating cast, including the likes of then-rookie Karson Kuhlman and even the shadow of what was once David Backes.

Sweeney’s 2020 dealings brought in Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase, neither of whom were able to fit the bill before Tampa Bay sent Boston on its way in the second round of the playoffs.

With Hall added to a top-six that should also include the recently resurgent Craig Smith, coach Bruce Cassidy suddenly has no fewer than six legitimate high-end NHL forwards, while he still has enough depth to build a respectable third line around Coyle, starting with DeBrusk and a revitalized Ritchie.

Regardless of what you think of Hall, and regardless of what your gut tells you about his shooting percentage — seventh-worst in the NHL since 2013-14 — and his two-goal performance in Buffalo, you have to admit this is the type of trade you’ve been wanting Sweeney to make ever since Boston’s early departure from the Toronto bubble.

Even if Hall can’t scrub the Sabres off of him and winds up producing like Jaromir Jagr did for Boston in 2013, this trade had to be made.

If Sweeney wasn’t going to be able to improve the defense, he had to add someone that could help the Bruins outscore their defensive deficiencies.

Once the Sabres didn’t demand a first-round pick or a player from Boston’s lineup, Sweeney had to just shake hands with his Sabres counterpart Kevyn Adams and say “take whatever else you want.”

Taylor Hall might be a Bruin for two months, four months, or it maybe longer if he re-signs.

It doesn’t matter.

Sweeney’s mandate has always been to give the core, 10 years removed from winning the Cup, at least a fighting chance to play for it one more time.

The Bruins might prove to be more than one Hall away from doing that, but they were going to waste another year of their core players’ careers without making this type of move.

Sweeney has responded to the challenge, now it’s up to the players to reward him for his efforts.

The post Even If Bruins Aren’t One Taylor Hall From Cup, Sweeney Had To This Make Trade appeared first on Full Press Hockey.

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