Bruins acquire former MVP Taylor Hall from Buffalo

By , WEEI 93.7

The Bruins are going for it. After acquiring defenseman Mike Reilly earlier Sunday night, general manager Don Sweeney swung an even bigger trade just around midnight.

According to multiple reports, the Bruins have acquired forwards Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Anders Bjork and a second-round pick. TSN's Darren Dreger was the first to report the details of the trade. Pierre LeBrun adds that Buffalo will retain 50% of Hall's $8 million salary. (UPDATE: The Bruins made the deal official Monday morning.)

Hall was arguably the biggest name on the market ahead of Monday's 3 p.m. trade deadline. He arrives in Boston with significant question marks, but also significant upside.

Hall has just two goals and 17 assists in 37 games this season. However, the 29-year-old left wing, who won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP with a 93-point season in 2017-18, has still been creating scoring chances at a high level and can still drive play with his speed, transition play and passing.

Basically, he does a lot of things well, but has been finishing at an abysmal rate. The Bruins will obviously hope that a change of scenery and playing with -- likely -- David Krejci will change that.

Regardless, acquiring Hall without having to give up a first-round pick or a top prospect certainly seems like a risk worth taking. Hall is an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Anders Bjork has shown flashes at times in Boston, but has yet to produce much offensively. The 24-year-old had two goals and three assists in 30 games this season and had been a healthy scratch the last five games.

Lazar, the other player acquired from Buffalo, is a 26-year-old center/right wing who has five goals and four assists in 33 games this season. He is currently week-to-week with a lower-body injury, but is also signed for next season with an $800,000 cap hit.

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