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, 2021 Second-Round Pick, 2022 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 Coyle...hopefully, 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 lineup...adding 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 offensively...not necessarily scoring but contributing point-production wise. He’s played in all situations and has been in elevated roles in with Ottawa...you’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 #20.
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