According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Freidman, the Buffalo Sabres traded Taylor Hall and forward Curtis Lazar to the Boston Bruins for forward Anders Bjork and a second-round pick on Sunday night. The Sabres retained 50% of Hall’s $8 million cap hit.
Hall, 29, has recorded two goals, 19 points, a -21 rating, a 52.84% five-on-five Corsi-for percentage, a 52.76% expected goals-for percentage, and a 51.08% scoring chances-for percentage this season after signing a one-year contract with the Sabres as an unrestricted free agent on October 11, 2020.
Taylor Hall, acquired by BOS, is an elite playmaker and offensive driver who has been categorically unable to put a puck into a net for the past few seasons to the extent that it’s completely destroyed his overall numbers. #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/U1Dy5zJRHR
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) April 12, 2021
The Bruins, who currently sit fourth in the East Division with a 21-12-6 record, will be the fourth team that Hall, the first overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in 2010, has been on in the past two seasons. The New Jersey Devils traded him to the Arizona Coyotes on December 16, 2019.
Hall has recorded 220 goals, 582 points, and a -63 rating in 664 career regular-season games with the Oilers, Devils, Coyotes, and Sabres. The best season of his career came in 2017-18 with the Devils, when he set career-highs in goals (39), assists (54), and points (93) in 76 games. Hall has recorded four goals, 12 points, and a -5 rating in 14 career Stanley Cup Playoff games and has never played a game past the first round.
The addition of Hall, who can become an unrestricted free agent after this season, boosts a Bruins offense that currently ranks 20th in the NHL with an average of 2.72 goals per game and a power play that is ninth on the power play with a 23.3% efficiency. Hall has averaged 2:59 on the Sabres’ power play this season. 51 of the Bruins’ 106 goals (48.1%) this season have come from their first line of David Pastrnak, Patrice Bergeron, and Brad Marchand, so Hall is a welcome addition to their scoring depth.
Bjork, 24, has recorded two goals, five points, and a -8 rating in 30 games this season and has 16 goals, 39 points, and a -2 rating in 138 career NHL games, all with the Bruins.
Lazar, 26, has posted five goals, nine points, and a -4 rating in 33 games with the Sabres this season and 25 goals, 70 points, and a -24 rating in 317 career games with the Sabres, Ottawa Senators, and Calgary Flames.
With the trade, the Sabres continue selling after dealing center Eric Staal to the Montreal Canadiens and Brandon Montour to the Florida Panthers in the past two weeks.
The Washington Capitals and New York Islanders were both in the running for Hall earlier on Sunday.
The NHL Trade Deadline is at 3 PM ET on Monday.
The Bruins also acquired defenseman Mike Reilly in a trade with the Senators on Sunday night.
The Bruins currently have $927,898 in cap space with Lazar on injured reserve (carries $800,000 cap hit).
By Harrison Brown