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Reports: Bruins acquire Taylor Hall, Curtis Lazar for Anders Bjork, draft pick

The big deadline prize is coming to Boston?

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Well folks, it appears that the Bruins didn’t like their big Sunday night headline being “Bruins lose 8-1 to Washington.”

After first acquiring Mike Reilly from the Ottawa Senators, reports indicate that the Bruins are acquiring Taylor Hall from the Buffalo Sabres.

It first started with Darren Dreger, who noted that the Bruins were reportedly acquiring forward Curtis Lazar from Buffalo, but potentially as part of a bigger deal.

That was followed up by a lot of wild speculation on Twitter, until we got this a few minutes ago:

We’ll throw in the obvious “it’s not official until it’s official” caveats, but where there’s this much smoke, there’s almost certainly fire.

If this trade comes to fruition, it’s the surest sign yet that the Bruins are, in fact, Going For It, throwing caution to the wind and pushing all their chips to the middle of the table.

Stay tuned, we’ll update this post as news comes in.

Update (12:03 AM):

Further confirmation, with the cost:

Update (12:17 AM):

While Hall is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, the day-to-day salary cap still plays a role in what moves you can make.

To make this trade work, Buffalo has apparently decided to eat some money.