Boston Bruins: The Acquisition of Taylor Hall Provides Bruce Cassidy Options for His Lines


The Bruins landed Taylor Hall during the early hours of Monday morning.  The Bruins didn’t give up a whole lot to acquire the 29-year-old forward.

Photo courtesy of NHL Trade Rumor

Typically a player of Hall’s caliber will cost the receiving team significant capital to acquire.  The Bruins not only landed Hall, but also Curtis Lazar, who’s only 26-years-old.  The price tag of only Anders Bjork and a second-round pick is very palatable for Bruins fans to swallow. 

Bjork, a former second-round pick, has been a healthy scratch the last five games.  He has two goals and three assists in 30 games. 

Bjork was the most likely player to be moved off the Bruins roster.  The 24-year-old winger is signed through 2023 at $1.6 million annually.  The Sabres could look to tap into his speed and agility within their program.  However, he has underachieved during his time with Boston. 

He 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. 

With Bjork now on to Buffalo, Bruins fans will set their sights on Hall wearing the black and gold.  While Bjork has underachieved over his career, Hall has underachieved this season. 

Hall has only two goals and 17 assists, totaling 19 points.  He has been playing for a terrible Sabres team this season, which could be impacting his offensive numbers. 

The trade presents Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy with options.  Hall can be paired with the first, second or even third line.  Hall is arguably the Bruins second best left wing behind veteran Brad Marchand. 

The new Bruins winger could be a solid fit on David Krejci’s line.  So far this season Nick Ritchie has been a capable left winger on his line, but Hall presents a higher upside and skill set than Ritchie. 

The new Bruins winger brings versatility to the lineup and options for Cassidy.  There’ll be some juggling to the Bruins lines to facilitate adding Hall.  While he might not be the player he once was, he is a clear upgrade over Craig Smith, Jake DeBrusk and Ritchie. 

Prior to the start of the regular season, the Bruins and Hall had mutual interest in each other.  The courtship only went so far and Hall ultimately signed with the Sabres.  In order for Sweeney to make this deal, Hall needed to waive his no-movement clause. 

The waiving of the movement clause means Hall has interest in Boston. 

Hall will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The Bruins will have the salary cap space to attempt and re-sign him.  In the meantime, Hall is a legitimate scorer for the Bruins. General Manager Don Sweeney has liked Hall for a long time.  He finally gets his player and the Bruins will need Hall to start scoring right away as the push towards the playoffs. 

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Boston Bruins: The Acquisition of Taylor Hall Provides Bruce Cassidy Options for His Lines
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