The Boston Bruins have been the best team in the NHL all season, even while dealing with several injuries to key players. No matter who they were missing in the lineup, they overcame being a man or two down and found a way to win. They have proven this is a deep team, as they are now 47-8-5 with 99 points, the best in the NHL.
Last night head coach Jim Montgomery spoke on the status of Taylor Hall and fellow forward Nick Foligno as he ruled both players out for tonight’s matchup against the Buffalo Sabres. Earlier this week, they suffered a blow to their third line as Taylor Hall was sent home from their road trip with two games remaining. Reports revealed that Hall is dealing with a lower-body injury, but no timetable for his return was released.
Today fans got a little more information about how long Hall will be out as the Bruins have officially placed the star winger on long-term injured reserve. Hall is seeking a second opinion about the injury.
With Hall’s cap hit now stashed in LTIR, the Bruins will have more money to work with at the trade deadline to fill his void and upgrade other parts of the roster. This morning the Bruins already acquired forward Tyler Bertuzzi from the Detroit Red Wings and followed that up by extending superstar forward David Pastrnak with an eight-year $90 million extension. This seems to be just the beginning for Don Sweeney, who is fully committed to going all in this year. The organization will do whatever it takes to get its veteran core in the best possible position to win another Stanley Cup.
The next 24 hours will be worth watching as the Bruins appear not to be done on the trade market. They will need to move a roster player, though, as they are at the max roster at the moment. It will be a wait-and-see situation, but it’s hard to imagine the Bruins staying put now that they have the cap space to get a deal done.