Former No. 1 overall pick and Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall is reportedly on the trading block in New Jersey. The Bruins are looking like a potential suitor, as are the Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche. So too have the Arizona Coyotes, who could be a favorite in the sweepstakes.
But as far as Boston is concerned, Matt Kalman of WEEI says to pump the brakes:
"However, that doesn’t mean the Bruins should jump to the front of the line to get him. There are going to be several serious bidders, most in more desperate need of his services than the Bruins, and it is going to cost a mint -- think the haul Ottawa got from Vegas for Mark Stone last season -- to acquire Hall. And unlike Stone, there are no indications Hall is going to sign anywhere after a trade."
If there's anyone on the Devils the Bruins ought to be targeting, Kalman throws out the idea of Kyle Palmieri, who could fit nicely on the wing:
If Sweeney’s going to look for a player with term like last season’s Charlie Coyle trade, (Kyle) Palmieri comes into focus. A 27-goal scorer last season, Palmieir’s cap hit is just $4.65 million for this season and next. Again, the price would be steep but it might be worth it to finally solve this wing problem.
Palmieri has 11-8-19 totals in 31 games this season, with a plus-2 and an average ice time of 17 minutes. Nearly half his points have come on the power play (5-4-9).
It's worth noting Hall is out of the lineup again Saturday night, suggesting he might be getting dealt soon.
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Two key pieces of the Bruins core who brought a Stanley Cup back to Boston in 2011 and reached a Cup Final in 2013 and 2019 have found a place on the NHL All-Decade Team for the 2010s.
Zdeno Chara is a defenseman and Patrice Bergeron a forward on the All-Decade second team named by NHL as part of its All-Star Weekend in St. Louis. Joining them on the second team are forwards Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, defensemen Erik Karlsson of the San Jose Sharks and goalie Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.
The first team is center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, forwards Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, defensemen Duncan Keith of the Blackhawks, Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury of the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
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The teams were chosen by a panel of NHL general managers, NHL hockey operations staff, NHL.com writers and on-air talent from NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
Earlier, the Bruins' improbable 5-4 overtime, comeback victory over the Maple Leafs in the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, in which Bergeron scored the game-winner, was named Game of the Decade. The B's became the first team to win a playoff Game 7 when trailing by three goals in the third period when they overcame a 4-1 deficit.
David Pastrnak, who leads the NHL with 37 goals, is the lone Bruins representative in the NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis and his participation begins Friday night when he takes part in a new part of the All-Star Skills Competition, the "Shooting Stars" event.
The Shooting Stars involves players standing about 30 feet high on a platform and shooting at targets. Last year, Pastrnak won the NHL Accuracy Shooting competition but will try his hand this year at the new event.
The other new event is the Elite Women's 3-on-3. In that event, two women's teams -- American All-Stars and Canadian All-Stars -- each comprised of nine skaters and one goalie, will go head-to-head in a 3-on-3 game will consist of two 10-minute periods, with a running clock. Teams will switch ends after the first period. All penalties will be "served" with a penalty shot being awarded to the player specifically fouled.
Here are the other skills competitions on Friday, which begin at 8 p.m., ET on NBC Sports Network (The All-Star Game is Saturday night at 8 on NBC):
- NHL Fastest Skater
- NHL Save Streak
- Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting
- NHL Hardest Shot