The Buffalo Sabres have traded winger Taylor Hall to the Boston Bruins. The full package saw Hall and Curtis Lazar sent to Boston for Anders Bjork and a second-round pick. Buffalo retained 50 percent of Hall’s $8 million cap hit as well.
Taylor Hall to BOS
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 12, 2021
Taylor Hall Traded to Boston Bruins
Buffalo has had an absolutely abysmal season. In a year that many thought they would rise higher in the standings, they remained at the bottom. With the offseason acquisitions of Taylor Hall and Eric Staal, many viewed this forward group as one that could put this team in the upper echelon of non-playoff teams. That vision has not come to fruition. They have since traded away Eric Staal and now Taylor Hall is on his way out as well.
What Went Wrong
Taylor Hall signing in Buffalo shocked the hockey world. For a player who appeared determined to get himself onto a winning team, Hall’s decision was shocking. The Sabres’ objective was to lure Hall in with a one-year deal and then convince him to stay with improved play from the team as a whole. In the months since, Hall has fallen off. His performance in Buffalo has been subpar from what they expected from the former Hart Trophy winner. If given the opportunity, Hall could be much better. We can say this with certainty… things did not work out.
If Hall can turn it around, his new team is lucky to have him. The biggest concern surrounding him is his health. Hall has only played one full season during his 11-year career. When he is on the ice, he is a force to be reckoned with. The problem is how available he will truly be. He brings a scoring punch but that may not be available on a nightly basis. He should be a fixture on the powerplay if his new team wants to maximize upon its investment. Hall is a rare talent and it cannot go to waste.