The Boston Bruins don't have a good enough team to pay high costs for star players at the trade deadline. I wrote that Sunday night.

A couple hours later, I was reminded that they could pay a medium cost for what at this point qualifies as a former star player. That's exactly what happened when the B's sent a second-round pick and Anders Bjork to the Sabres for Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar.

That's not a prohibitive cost. It's a smart one if the team wants to improve its roster without sacrificing its best assets.

But, for the second time in a year, let's pump the brakes before we get too carried away with the local team getting a league MVP for little cost.

Hall hasn't been anything special over the last two years. He combined for 16 goals last season between the Devils and Coyotes. More alarmingly, he has just two goals in 37 games this season.