One of the top names on the board is off the table as the Boston Bruins have acquired forward Taylor Hall in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres late Sunday.
According to reports, the Sabres acquired forward Anders Bjork and a second round draft pick. Boston also snagged Curtis Lazar.
The Sabres will retain 50 percent of Hall’s salary, an essential part of this deal.
Hall is due to hit unrestricted free agent status at the end of this season. He signed a one year wait-and-see contract with Buffalo in October to the tune of $8 million and expectations were high, but the Sabres have struggled through the season and Hall hit the trade block.
In 37 games so far this season, the 29-year-old has just two goals and 17 assists.
This marks the third time Hall has been traded in his career and his fourth team in the past two seasons. He started the 2019-2020 season as a member of the New Jersey Devils before a swap sent him to Arizona for 35 games. After that cup of coffee in the desert, Hall was sent to the Sabres.
Struggling to regain his Hart Memorial Trophy-winning form from 2017-2018 has been the story of Hall’s career as of late, but he might have a solid chance of obtaining some playoff success with the Bruins.
Boston addresses a clear need with this trade, which came just hours after an 8-1 blowout at the hands of the Washington Capitals.
The Bruins are fourth in the East Division and also acquired defenceman Mike Reilly from the Ottawa Senators in an earlier Sunday trade.
Lazar posted five goals and four assists in 33 games with the Sabres this season. The 26-year-old has 25 career goals in 317 career games with the Sabres, Calgary Flames, and Senators.
24-year-old Bjork had two goals and three helpers in 30 games with the Bruins this season.
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