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Bruins going for it all by trading for Taylor Hall, Mike Reilly as Maple Leafs, Penguins also beef up

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A handful of teams in the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Toronto Maple Leafs beefed up their respective lineups after figuring in trades heading to the latter stages of the 2020-21 NHL season.

The Bruins made quite the splash as they received three players who are expected to fill in the holes on the team’s roster. General manager Don Sweeney acquired defenseman Mike Reilly from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a 2022 third-round pick. The Bruins also landed left winger Taylor Hall and center Curtis Lazar from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a second-round selection along with forward Anders Bjork. Boston is currently trailing Pittsburgh for the fourth spot in the East Division with a 21-12-6 slate.

Finding themselves in the midst of a difficult campaign, the Columbus Blue Jackets traded their captain in Nick Foligno to the North-leading Maple Leafs. In exchange, the Blue Jackets will reportedly receive a 2021 first-round pick, 2022 fourth-round selection, and will retain 25% of Foligno’s current contract.

The San Jose Sharks also became a part of the deal as they sent forward Stefan Noesen in exchange for the fourth-round pick of the Blue Jackets. With the acquisition of Foligno, the Maple Leafs are seeking to maintain their hold of the top spot in the North Division with a 28-10-3 record.

The Penguins acquired forward Jeff Carter from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2022 conditional third-round pick and a 2023 conditional fourth-round pick. The Pittsburgh-based squad is gearing up for a postseason run with a 27-13-2 tally for the third spot in the East Division.

After the shuffling of players right ahead of the trade deadline, the Bruins, Penguins, and Maple Leafs are all expected to benefit from their respective trades as they are seeking to make noise in the upcoming NHL postseason with a stronger roster this time around.