Much of the conversation heading into the trading deadline was that Washington Capital General Manager Brian MacLellan was interested in upgrading his goaltending depth before the post season. But in the 24 hours before 15 PM, the capitals have been linked with several exciting attackers.
On Sunday, TSN’s Frank Seravalli reported that the capitals were among several teams trying to land Nick Foligno of the Columbus Blue Jackets for a first round. Later that evening, David Pagnotta reported from the fourth period that the capitals were also trying to acquire the biggest star in this year’s deadline, the 2018 MVP Taylor Hall.
Taylor Hall has given up his NMC for Boston. Told Isles and Capitals were among the teams in the race earlier today. Great pickup for the Bruins.
̵1; David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) April 12, 2021
It’s unclear what the capitals would have been willing to give up to make this trade happen, but we get some clues from moves that the Sabers eventually joined the network. It was not much.
The Sabers received 24-year-old winger Anders Bjork and the 2021 second round from the Boston Bruins to Taylor Hall and Curtis Lazar.
to Boston #Bruins:
F Taylor Hall (50% withheld)
F Curtis Lazar
to Buffalo #Sabres:
F Anders Bjork
2021 2. RD Selection (BOS) https://t.co/LjMUiZaB7Z
– CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) April 12, 2021
Bjork have only five points (2g, 3a) in 30 matches this season.
Hall probably elevated the Sabers with the motion clause he had written in his one-year contract.
“The motionless move really helped me become a Bruin,” Hall said, according to Mass Live. “When I knew I would be traded the last few weeks, it was a team I really wanted to be part of and I wanted to be a part of.
“Boston was No. 1 on the list of teams I wanted to go to,” Hall said. ”(Sabers GM) Kevyn Adams was fantastic in the way he treated me and the way he went about the situation, knowing that I would play for a chance to win the Stanely Cup. He drafted it for a team that I really wanted to go to. I will always be grateful to him for that. ”