Boston Bruins: Curtis Lazar Has Brought New Life to the Fourth Line, Offers Similarities to Another Former Bruin


When the Boston Bruins added three players at the NHL Trade Deadline, all the focus was on Taylor Hall.  He was the marquee name of the three players acquired and has been an important piece over the last four games. 

Photo courtesy of Boston Sports Journal

The other player that came over from Buffalo in the trade was Curtis Lazar.  The new Bruins forward has been added to the fourth line giving the line new life. 

The new line which features Lazar, Chris Wagner and Sean Kuraly has come together quickly to form a strong fourth line.  In Lazar, the Bruins get a player who can play both the wing and line up at center. 

According to NBC Sports Boston, the B's are accounting for more than 55 percent of the shot attempts, shots on net and scoring chances with Lazar on the ice at 5-on-5 in his four games with the team.

Lazar scored his first goal as a member of the Bruins on Friday night against the Islanders. 

With Trent Frederic sidelined with a non-COVID related illness, Lazar has capitalized on the playing time. 

While in Buffalo, he played 33 games scoring five goals with four assists.  The 26-year-old wasn’t expecting to be traded at the deadline.  At the time of the news, admittedly he was shocked to learn the news. 

“Yeah, it completely caught me off guard,” Lazar said following the deal.  “My first thought was ‘Where am I going?’” Lazar said.  “My wife and I just actually had our first kid a week ago.  So a lot of moving parts right there.  But I couldn’t be happier with Boston, the opportunity.  Obviously, they see something in me that they liked to include me in that deal.  And I’m ready to prove it and show it.”

Lazar is reminiscent of another former Bruin who came from Buffalo.  Back in October of 2009, the Bruins sent a third round pick in 2010 and a conditional fourth round pick in 2010 for Daniel Paille. 

Photo courtesy of Bleacher Report

At the time, Paille played 195 career games in the NHL, all with Buffalo.  He would come to Boston and help add depth to their bottom six.  Prior to Paille being traded to the Bruins, he was looking to find his way into the Sabres lineup.  The Sabres went with other players versus Paille.  Lazar who had been part of the Sabres on-going rebuild was looking for ways to play meaningful minutes for Buffalo. 

Paille came to Boston and played on both the third and fourth lines.  He also was key to the Bruins Stanley Cup win over the Vancouver Canucks.  He was a major contributor to the penalty kill with Gregory Campbell as they held down the Canucks. 

With Lazar in the mix, he’s wearing the same No. 20 that Paille wore in Boston.  He’ll also be instrumental in helping the Bruins moving forward. The line of Lazar, Kuraly and Wagner are clicking since the trade, something Frederic was unable to do with them prior to the trade. 

The Bruins will travel to Buffalo on Tuesday night, looking for their fifth straight win. 

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Boston Bruins: Curtis Lazar Has Brought New Life to the Fourth Line, Offers Similarities to Another Former Bruin
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