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NHL trade deadline winners and losers: Analyzing best, worst deals

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NHL trade deadline day in didn&#;t feature the same fireworks as years past, but there were plenty of intriguing deals that will have an impact on the balance of power across the four divisions.

The contenders in the East Division, in particular, were very aggressive over the last week. The top four teams -- Capitals, Islanders, Penguins, Bruins -- all made impactful trades to bolster their roster for what should be a hard-fought first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Let&#;s take a look at the biggest winners and losers from the NHL trade deadline.
NHL trade deadline day in didn&#;t feature the same fireworks as years past, but there were plenty of intriguing deals that will have an impact on the balance of power across the four divisions.

The contenders in the East Division, in particular, were very aggressive over the last week. The top four teams -- Capitals, Islanders, Penguins, Bruins -- all made impactful trades to bolster their roster for what should be a hard-fought first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Let&#;s take a look at the biggest winners and losers from the NHL trade deadline.

Grading the Boston Bruins&#; trade deadline one week later

I&#;m not a huge fan of the immediate trade grades given out after any deal is made. It can take weeks, months, and sometimes years to see how well the deal really worked out for both sides &#; especially if there are prospects and picks involved. Saying that, after only a week of play since the deadline &#; it seems fair to give a current trade deadline grade to the Boston Bruins.

If you&#;ve been able to watch any number of the Boston Bruins 4 games played so far with their new additions &#; you&#;ll have seen the immediate impact that these three guys have had on this roster.

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Taylor Hall has been a perfect fit on David Krejci&#;s left wing so far. He looks like a guy who is happy to be out of Buffalo and I don&#;t think anyone can blame him. Hall doesn&#;t have to be &#;the guy&#; on this Bruins team and is getting a ton more opportunities on a currently rolling second line with Craig Smith flanking on the right side. Three points in 4 games for Hall is a wicked start.

Mike Reilly is perhaps the biggest surprise for many Boston Bruins fans. Reilly has been a horse on the Bruins&#; back end through 4 games averaging over 22 minutes in ice time a night. Reilly has been absolutely snapping the puck around and has 2 points in 4 games while playing first-team power play minutes.

Curtis Lazar was a sneaky addition to the Taylor Hall trade, but he hasn&#;t been quiet in his first 4 games with the Boston Bruins. Lazar has single-handedly rejuvenated the Bruins fourth line. With Sean Kuraly and Chris Wagner flanking him on the left and right side respectively, the fourth line looks like your classic Boston fourth line &#; causing havoc and generating offence. Lazar has 1 goal in his short stint so far.

Boston Bruins trade deadline grade.

The Boston Bruins only had to give up Anders Bjork, a 2nd and a 3rd round pick for these three immediate contributors. As mentioned earlier, who knows what kind of player Bjork and these picks will become &#; right now though this deal looks like an absolute steal for the Bruins.

Since these three players have come into the fold, the Boston Bruins are looking like legit Stanley Cup contenders.

Taylor Hall creates a two-pronged offensive attack with the combination of the Perfection Line and the newly formed Hall-Krejci-Smith line that surely gives opposing defences fits. Mike Reilly is playing top minutes including the power play. Curtis Lazar has completely revamped the fourth line.

Boston Bruins fans have to give Don Sweeney props for this deadline. Sweeney has been hesitant to pay the price for a big deadline swing, but this year may have been the best to do it.

Grade: A

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The Boston Bruins are adding former MVP Taylor Hall before Monday’s NHL trade deadline in hopes of making one more Stanley Cup run with their current core.

The Bruins will get Hall and center Curtis Lazar for Anders Bjork and a second-round pick. TSN’s Darren Dreger confirmed the details of the trade originally reported cryptically by ESPN’s John Buccigross. It has not been officially announced.

Buffalo will retain half of Hall’s $8 million salary to keep the Bruins cap compliant according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun. He’s an unrestricted free agent after the season.

The Bruins confirmed the move at 8 a.m.

The Sabres signed Hall in the offseason from Arizona in hopes that pairing him with Jack Eichel would give the floundering franchise a badly needed boost. But Eichel has been injured and Hall has just two goals and 17 assists.

The Bruins are hoping with better players around him, Hall will approach his previous star status. In addition to adding a player who could provide needed scoring help, they did so without parting with either a top prospect like Jack Studnicka or a first-round draft pick. According to ESPN, Hall waived his no-movement clause to facilitate the deal.

Lazar, a year-old center, had five goals and four assists in 33 games for Buffalo. Boston acquired defenseman Mike Reilly from Buffalo earlier Sunday night.

The Bruins were believed to covet Hall in when they had the No. 2 overall pick in the NHL draft, but he was selected No. 1 overall by the Edmonton Oilers. He was a good player, but not the superstar power forward many envisioned in Edmonton. For all of his potential, he’s bounced around in his career from Edmonton to New Jersey to Arizona to Buffalo and now Boston.

He’s had six seasons of 20 goals or more and his best year came in when he had 39 goals and 54 assists in 76 games for New Jersey and won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player. He’s had just a combined 29 goals since the start of the season.

Bjork has been in and out of the Bruins lineup this season. The former Notre Dame star has shown glimpses of promise and elite speed but never carved out a role in Boston. He had two goals and three assists this season and 16 goals and 23 assists in career games.

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Monday afternoon ended up being quiet for the Boston Bruins — and most fans will be just fine with that.

After making their big moves late Sunday night and into the wee hours of Monday morning, the Bruins stood pat for the remainder of Deadline Day.

  • Players coming in: F Taylor Hall, F Curtis Lazar, D Mike Reilly
  • Players/assets heading out: F Anders Bjork, Second-Round Pick, Third-Round Pick

All told, that’s three new guys in the mix, with one guy and two draft picks heading out.

“We’re excited about the three players we were able to add,” said general manager Don Sweeney at his post-deadline media availability. “Trying to touch up on a couple of areas.”

One could argue about the number of needs the Bruins have at the moment, but the moves Sweeney made certainly addressed two of them: 5v5 offense and depth on defense.

While the goals haven’t come recently, Hall remains an elite driver of play at even strength. Given the chance to play with some true talent around him and against the opposing team’s second or third defense pairs, he should pay dividends for the Bruins.

“Depth on defense” could probably be better said as “any warm body on defense,” but the Bruins upgraded their bottom two pairings with the acquisition of Reilly. As another play who is strong at even strength, Reilly should fit in nicely in a fully healthy Bruins defense corps.

As for Bjork, it’s sad to see him go, as he’s been a kid who has put in the work and shown promise, but struggled to put it all together consistently. There’s no denying there’s plenty of talent there, and he should get a chance to get more ice time in Buffalo.

What did Don Sweeney say about his new players?

In his press conference, Sweeney touched a few different themes with his acquisitions: depth, balance, speed, versatility, and the transition game.

“We think he adds to the depth and balance of our club,” said Sweeney of Hall. “Bringing speed off the wing, having the opportunity to probably play with Krejci and/or Coylehopefully, not unlike we did before when Marcus Johannson and Coyle were together, we created some depth in our lineup overall.”

“Curtis checks a couple boxes for us,” said Sweeney of Lazar. “The center position, a two-position player, having some experience, adding some heaviness to the bottom part of the lineupadding some versatility, I think, if we want to mix and match that bottom six.”

“Puck moving, transition game, skating ability,” said Sweeney of Reilly. “We want to be a team with transitions a little cleaner at times. He’s produced offensivelynot necessarily scoring but contributing point-production wise. He’s played in all situations and has been in elevated roles in with Ottawayou’ve seen growth in his game in both a competitive standpoint [and] overall.”

When will Taylor Hall, Mike Reilly, and Curtis Lazar make their Bruins debuts?

According to Sweeney, all three players “jumped in the car to get [to Boston] from a quarantine standpoint.”

He hopes that both Reilly and Hall will be ready to go tomorrow against Buffalo (awkward), but mentioned that Lazar may be a few days away due to a lingering lower-body injury.

Per the team, Hall will wear #71, Reilly will wear #6, and Lazar will wear #


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    Boston Bruins: Grading NHL trade deadline moves

    The Boston Bruins went out and made some moves at the trade deadline. Don Sweeney had his work cut out for him and it&#;s safe to say that he took the challenge head on.

    Boston made only two total moves, but they made an impact. Boston now has a much deeper roster than they had prior to the deadline.

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    It now seems like David Krejci has his winger that he has been desperately desiring and Boston got some help at the blueline.

    It also didn&#;t cost Boston an arm and a leg. All the Bruins had to give up was a young player and a few draft picks.

    So let&#;s get into the players that Boston acquired.

    Boston Bruins acquire Taylor Hall, Curtis Lazar, and Mike Reilly

    The big name has to be the acquisition of Taylor Hall. He is a great winger who can make a big impact. hasn&#;t been the best season for Hall, but he was on the Sabres after all.

    In 37 games this season, Hall has two goals and 17 assists. Those still aren&#;t bad numbers, but Hall will need to score more goals for the Bruins.

    Boston also acquired forward Curtis Lazar in the deal. Lazar is still recovering from an injury, but he said in his introductory press conference that he should be able to play for the team relatively soon.

    Lazar should be a quality addition to the bottom six as he has five goals and four assists in 33 games this season. He seems to be a perfect candidate for the Bruins fourth line. Chris Wagner or Sean Kuraly could now find themselves being the odd man out.

    Now it would seem like the Bruins would be forced to give up some serious talent to acquire Hall, but that wasn&#;t really the case. All the Bruins had to give up was Anders Bjork and a second-round pick. While Bjork was an exciting player to watch, getting Hall makes the move worth it.

    Prior to the Hall deal, Boston strengthened their blue line with the addition of Mike Reilly. In 40 games the lefty has 19 assists. With all the injuries Boston has at defenseman, this move was very much necessary.

    Once again this move didn&#;t cost the Bruins a lot.  All the Bruins had to give up was a third-round pick.

    So what grade do the Bruins get for their moves?

    Sweeney and the Bruins smashed the trade deadline out of the park. The Bruins are now serious contenders and have the chance to bring the Stanley Cup home in

    Hall is a game-changer. He hasn&#;t played with a center like Krejci yet in his career. It seems like Hall has the potential to be the version of Nathan Horton. Expect to see a much better version of Hall now that he is in Boston.

    Also, the acquisition of Reilly is a crucial one. This ensures that players like Jakub Zboril, Connor Clifton can play their proper roles of being a seventh defenseman who plays when needed.

    When the Bruins finally get healthy, Reilly could be paired with Brandon Carlo. This allows for Matt Grzelcyk to be put on the top pairing with Charlie McAvoy.

    So the Boston Bruins clearly won the NHL trade deadline. B&#;s fans should be very excited about what this team is capable of. It might seem premature but to quote the amazing Dave Goucher, &#;get the duckboats ready!&#;

    Boston Bruins Trade Deadline Recap


    By: Zach Carlone | Follow me on Twitter @zcarlone21

    After the shorthanded Bruins were thumped by the Washington Capitals Sunday night by a score of , general manager Don Sweeney knew it was time to get aggressive on the trade front. He did so and managed two trades through the night leading up to Monday&#;s trade deadline. The Bruins didn&#;t give up much and recognized they needed to get more help for the aging core, which has an open window to win another Stanley Cup, but time is quickly closing. Sweeney gave his final shot not only for the Bruins to contend for a Cup this season but potentially resurrect his hopes of not losing his own job as a general manager.

    Trade: D Mike Reilly from OTT for 3rd-round pick

    Grade: B

    While the Bruins didn&#;t land a flashy name here, they scooped up one of the Ottawa Senators&#; most reliable D-men. Reilly has 19 points this season in 40 games, good for an already career-high. His previous best was 12 points in 30 games just last season, and he brings stability to the left side of the Bruins defense. Claiming Jarred Tinordi off waivers from the Nashville Predators just over a month ago hasn&#;t panned out as well as the Bruins hoped, and Mike Reilly is a fairly better replacement for a spot among the bottom-four defensemen.

    Much of the defense is dealing with lingering injuries as the deadline passed, and this move will quietly solve the Bruins depth concerns. When fully healthy, I&#;d expect Matt Grzelcyk, Jeremy Lauzon, and Reilly to fill out the left side on a nightly basis. John Moore, another left-handed defenseman, underwent surgery a while back and is out for the remainder of the season, only leaving it blatantly obvious for Sweeney to trade for more depth on defense. Jarred Tinordi and Jack Ahcan would be the next men up beyond that.

    This deal earns a &#;B,&#; and here&#;s why. Sweeney didn&#;t capture a huge name on the market, which is completely acceptable. However, he did surrender a third-round pick for somebody who is set to be a UFA following the season. This has been his one good season of his career so far, as he&#;s always been known to be on the bubble of making an NHL lineup. He&#;s played extremely well and taken his game to the next level on a poor Senators team this season, which is why he costed a third-round pick, and Sweeney felt like taking a gamble. If he decides to stay in Boston beyond this season as a depth defenseman, then the Bruins got their value back.

    Trade: F Taylor Hall and F Curtis Lazar from BUF for F Anders Bjork and 2nd-round pick

    Grade: A-/B+

    Arguably the biggest name in trade rumors heading into the deadline, Hall heads East to Boston for a hopefully extended playoff run. The former first-overall pick was going nowhere in Buffalo, and his decision to sign there over the offseason left people scratching their heads. Boston scored big by securing a former Hart Trophy winner without surrendering a first-round pick in this deal. Hall has had a tremendously poor season in Buffalo, collecting two goals and 19 points with a +/- of in 37 games. He dreamt of being Jack Eichel&#;s best wingman, and with Eichel injured for most of the season; it never could&#;ve ended that way with the Trade Deadline now passed.

    Hall has a lot of talent yet to be exposed this season and has a great chance to turn his season around by potentially playing with David Krejci, but Curtis Lazar is also a great pickup for the Bruins. The right-handed forward has nine points in 33 games this season and has also seen top-six minutes with a depleted Sabres squad. He brings grit and hard work to every game, a strength in the Bruins bottom-six that only gets stronger with this deal. Hall had to waive his no-movement clause in order to come to Boston, so if the Bruins can ink him for a team-friendly extension, this deal is a home-run for Sweeney.

    Anders Bjork had a whirlwind of a time trying to figure out his place on this Bruins team, and there simply wasn&#;t one for him. His game picked up as of late, but the Bruins scratched him for five straight games leading up to the deal. The year-old forward has a chance to re-tool his game with a rebuilding Sabres team with the hopes of becoming a permanent middle-six forward. While the Bruins are in absolute &#;win-now&#; mode, it was only fair for the Bruins to give up on Bjork for an upgrade in Hall.

    While on paper, these trades look like big cash-ins for the Bruins, they still need to translate on the ice. We won&#;t know the impact Reilly, Hall, and Lazar are going to have on this team until the season concludes and we evaluate their respective journeys and futures with the team. Some trades work out great for teams, while others turn out to be an absolute waste of value. Don Sweeney is hoping these three fit into the Bruins winning culture and can help elevate the team&#;s game to the next level. The goal for this team now is a Stanley Cup victory in the late summer.




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    We are only a weekend away from the Monday, April 12th NHL Trade Deadline. A few deals have been made up to this point, including the New York Islanders nabbing a Boston Bruins trade target. It has been eerily quiet though for a league and organizations that aren&#;t usually ones to wait until deadline day to make a move.

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    The Boston Bruins have been playing good hockey as of late and have beat some quality franchises in the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals despite a plethora of injuries and games missed due to the coronavirus. Bruins GM Don Sweeney should see the opportunity this roster has to make a run when all of the Bruins key pieces return.

    Let&#;s dive into the Boston Bruins needs, who&#;s available, and what Bruins could be potential trade chips.

    Boston Bruins needs.

    Secondary scoring winger

    Ah, the long-lost quest for that stud winger to line up on David Krejci&#;s wing. Don Sweeney has tried and failed to find a consistent winger for that second line role who can contribute to the Boston Bruins&#; lackluster secondary scoring. The Bruins are one of the better defensive teams in the league, only behind the Islanders in goals allowed per game in the Eastern Division. Offensively though, if the big boys aren&#;t rolling, they still lose too many of these contests.

    Left defenceman

    Unfortunately losing two of your longtime defensive stalwarts in Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug and replacing them with inexperienced young defensemen doesn&#;t always work. With a lot of the Boston Bruins&#; notable injuries occurring on the back end, this has become even more apparent.

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