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Lazar Hoping To Help Boston Bruins Get ‘That Swag’ Back

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After being traded from the worst NHL team in the salary cap era (2005-06-present) and a team that hasn’t made the Stanley Cup playoffs since the Boston Bruins hoisted Lord Stanley in 2011, it’s not surprising that new Boston Bruins forward Curtis Lazar is thrilled to become a Bruin.

“They kind of have that swag,” a glowing Lazar told the Boston media late Monday morning after the Boston Bruins acquired him and winger Taylor Hall in exchange for winger Anders Bjork and a 2021 second-round draft pick just after midnight Monday.

Of course, that was not the case at all with the Sabres, for Lazar or anyone else who has played there not just this season but really for the last ten in Buffalo. This year though was truly a Murphy’s Law type of experience for Lazar and his now-former teammates. Now Lazar hopes to come to Boston and help the Boston Bruins get back to winning again after an up and down last month.

“For the Sabres, we had a lot of adversity. …I’m not saying other teams didn’t especially with this year but you get COVID, lose your legs, and then go on that losing streak and all, it was some tough sledding, there’s no other way around it,” Lazar said. “But it’s a good group over there, I’m gonna miss the guys but I’m looking forward to a chance to play for the Bruins. They’re in a great spot here. … the tail end of the season and I’m looking to contribute. It was a learning experience in Buffalo and the Bruins wanted me to be part of that deal, so I’m going to come here and do my thing.”

So what is Lazar’s ‘thing’?

“For myself, it’s an honest game,” Lazar replied when asked to tell Boston Bruins fans what his thing is. “It’s a 200-foot game. I pride myself in keeping the puck out of our net, even more so than probably putting the net in their net but that doesn’t mean I’m any slouch at the offensive side either. I pride myself on energy and engaging the momentum throughout a game. I love to kill penalties and just kind of help wherever needed. So, I’m excited to get in the mix here, identify my role here and embrace it.”

The 26-year-old Lazar, who was drafted 17th overall by the Ottawa Senators at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, played for the Sens, the Calgary Flames, and the Sabres before joining the Boston Bruins Monday. He has five goals and four assists in 34 games this season. Thanks to a lower-body injury, Lazar hasn’t played since March 31 but he told reporters he should good to go when the Boston Bruins host his now-former team, the Sabres Tuesday night at TD Garden.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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I’m really hoping Hall finds his game. Lazar is a good depth addition. Reilly will help out on defence and didn’t cost much. Glad to see the Bruins didn’t give up their 1st round pick. If Hall produces and he should if he wants to see another payday next year that might solidify the 2nd line. The Bruins just need a left shot on that line instead of someone playing on their wrong wing.

[…] After finishing the regular season with seven goals and six assists in 50 games, Lazar earned one assist in ten Stanley Cup games in this post-season playoff. He’s been skating on the check-line for the Boston Bruins with Sean Coralley and Chris Wagner. Lazar, along with Taylor Hall, were bought by the Boston Bruins from the Buffalo Sabers in exchange for forward Anders Bjork and 2022 in the second round. The night before the NHL trade deadline on April 11. […]

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