The Boston Bruins have traded Taylor Hall and the negotiating rights of Nick Foligno to the Chicago Blackhawks in a move that will provide much-needed salary cap relief for the Bruins. Hall’s $6 million salary cap hit for the next two seasons was a significant obstacle for the Bruins, who were looking to re-sign some of their key free agents.
In exchange for Hall and Foligno, the Bruins received defensemen, Ian Mitchell and Alec Regula. Mitchell is a promising young defenseman the Blackhawks drafted in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft. Regula is a solid two-way defenseman who has played in 10 NHL games.
The trade has sparked NHL trade rumors, as the Bruins are now $6 million under the salary cap. This could allow the Bruins to make a move for a top free agent, such as Tyler Bertuzzi.
“We are delighted to be able to acquire Taylor Hall and Nick Foligno,” said Bruins general manager Don Sweeney. “They are two talented players who will boost our team’s performance. We are also excited to add Ian Mitchell and Alec Regula to our young defense.”
Hall is a two-time Hart Trophy winner who has had a successful career in the NHL. He is a dynamic offensive player who can score goals and create chances for his teammates. Foligno is a hard-nosed two-way forward who is known for his leadership and work ethic.
As the NHL playoffs approach, Bruins fans will undoubtedly keep a close eye on how the team utilizes its newfound salary cap space. With several key free agents on the horizon, the Bruins will need to make smart moves in order to remain competitive in the ultra-tight NHL landscape.