In the final game of the Bruins season, they played without one of their trade deadline acquisitions.
Though they had Taylor Hall, who didn’t do much with one shot on goal and a -2 rating, they played without Curtis Lazar. Lazar, the 26-year old, who came with Hall from Buffalo to Boston couldn’t play due to two separate knee injuries.
Lazar confirmed in a press conference that he dealt with a sprained MCL and bruised ACL. That explained why he only played four and a half minutes in Game 5 of the second round and didn’t play at all in Game 6.
“We feared the worst and we got the best news possible in that situation,” said Lazar. “I’ll be all good to go in about a week’s time, I guess.”
Luckily for Lazar, no surgery will be required. But unfortunately for the British Columbia native, he won’t be playing hockey for a while since the Bruins just got bounced out of the playoffs by the Islanders.
Since Lazar signed a two-year deal with the Sabres in 2020, he’ll be under contract for the Bruins for at least another year. Though he’ll most likely be a bottom six forward on the team, having a veteran like Lazar on the Bruins will help them with forward depth. The decision whether or not to keep him and Hall playing together on the Bruins for the 2021-22 season will be an important one. While it seems both ex-Sabres want to keep playing in Boston, it’s up to GM Don Sweeney to re-sign Hall and keep him playing for the Bruins.