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Boston Bruins Hope Taylor Hall Can Fix Scoring Concerns
April 12, 2021
The largest commerce domino has fallen within the wee hours of Monday morning, with the Boston Bruins buying winger Taylor Corridor and depth ahead Curtis Lazar from the Buffalo Sabres for ahead Anders Bjork and a second-round choose.
This is identical Taylor Corridor that was NHL MVP in 2017-18 and signed an $8-million cope with the Sabres over the summer season. Was the market that poor or has Corridor’s worth actually fallen that a lot? With simply 18 objectives over the previous two seasons (enjoying for a trio of offensively challenged groups, thoughts you), the latter appears to be like extra seemingly at this level.
The deal is the primary main transfer for rookie GM Kevyn Adams for the reason that staff appointed him because the boss again in the summertime. And it is one which comes with uncooked feelings for a lot of Sabres followers as a result of whereas Corridor was undeniably having a tough 12 months, the return makes you marvel if the Sabres might have gotten something extra out of the seven-time 50-point participant.
You may’t sugarcoat it: Corridor’s 19 factors in 37 video games has been a real disappointment in a 12 months the place the Sabres had been hoping Corridor and Jack Eichel would click on in an unlimited approach. With no return for Eichel in sight, and with rumors of a Sam Reinhart deal on deadline day, the Sabres haven’t got many key offensive items left and are primed for an enormous day on the draft desk this summer season.
Boston wanted secondary scoring, with many of the staff’s offense coming from the massive three, David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. The “Huge Three” have racked up 51 of the staff’s 109 objectives in 39 video games this season, and that features David Pastrnak lacking time with accidents, too. Nick Ritchie (10) is the one different Bruin to hit the 10-goal mark this season, so including Corridor to the fray is one thing that is dearly welcomed. The hope is that Corridor might discover his outdated type whereas enjoying for a staff that is actually within the playoff hunt, one thing Corridor has solely carried out twice in an 11-year NHL profession.
The Bruins’ ageing core means the Stanley Cup window is closing, and Corridor, in idea, might be an enormous half in Boston discovering themselves on one other lengthy Stanley Cup run. However that is partly depending on Corridor paging his play of the previous and never what plagued him from lacking the scoresheet usually in Arizona and Buffalo. That is Corridor’s fourth staff for the reason that begin of the 2019-20 season and the leads to that point have been tough. The Bruins want him to be a lot, significantly better within the coming weeks.
A late-season level rush for Corridor had he remained in Buffalo would have been meaningless for the staff’s playoff hopes and it was unlikely he would have remained in Upstate New York on his subsequent deal, anyhow. But when Corridor does play to the extent Buffalo anticipated out of him this season, matched in with the low price it took for Boston to pry him away, it will add one other degree of struggling for a fanbase that has had greater than its fair proportion over the previous decade.
Particularly since Boston and Buffalo meet up six extra occasions this season – together with this coming Tuesday.