Let’s be pretty clear about this: Taylor Hall is not going to swoop in and solve all of the Boston Bruins’ problems.
The 29-year-old left wing is on his fifth team in the last six seasons, is pretty clearly not the same guy that won the Hart Trophy with the New Jersey Devils three seasons ago with 39 goals and 93 points and was in the middle of a pretty horrendous season with the Buffalo Sabres.
There is more baggage with Hall than most former Hart winners that were also former No. 1 overall picks in the NHL draft.
But given the discount cost of a second round pick and Anders Bjork for Hall, given the upside that still exists in a legit top-6 winger like Hall with elite skills and given the meager stuff that was out there at the NHL trade deadline, this is a deal that Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney had to pull the trigger on Sunday night.