It’s been a while since the Bruins made a dramatic deadline trade. The one they made this year might not be as dramatic in production as it is in name value.
Taylor Hall made it abundantly clear he wanted to play in Boston. He had been interested in signing there in the offseason before taking a one-year deal in Buffalo. In his introductory press conference, he expressed a desire to not be the “focal point” like he’s been in Edmonton, New Jersey, Arizona and Buffalo.
In years past, a second round pick and Anders Bjork for someone who has been an elite scorer would have been laughable. Even on a tough deadline for sellers, most experts consider Hall a steal for the return, even with lesser production in Buffalo.
His Bruins career began with a turnover and an icing. It got better, though tentative, from there.
It appeared his first point came in the second period, but they took an assist off the board and credited Craig Smith with an unassisted tally.
That first point will have to wait after all. Perhaps it would have helped a player who admitted his half a season in Buffalo had shaken his confidence. Maybe a win where the team in front of him didn’t have to rely on him figuring it out all at once might, too.