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Why Moving Erik Haula Made Sense for the Bruins

Let's recap the trade first. The Bruins and New Jersey Devils agreed to a one-for-one swap. The Bruins would send Finland native Erik Haula to the Devils in exchange for the RFA rights of Pavel Zacha. Haula was formerly signed to a two-year, $4,750,000 contract with the Bruins on July 28, 2021. 🚨 TRADE ALERT 🚨 We have acquired Erik Haula from Boston in exchange for Pavel Zacha. 📰: https://t.co/czLYXKiMhR pic.twitter.com/y2BvJmPfzU — New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 13, 2022 Erik Haula was an essential figure, playing the highly touted role of second-line center for the Bruins. Even after coming off a fairly strong season offensively, what led to the Bruins moving Haula? Roles on the team factored into the decision to move Haula. With the news and acquisition of former Bruins center David Krejci, it seemed like Haula's services were no longer needed. When fully-healthy, the Bruins are stacked up the middle (Bergeron, Krejci, Coyle). If Haula wasn't moved, it would be

Boston Trades Erik Haula to Devils for Pavel Zacha

The Boston Bruins have announced that they have acquired a former first round pick from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Erik Haula. The 25-year-old Zacha was drafted 6th overall by the Devils during the 2015 draft. This season he played in 70 games, recording 15 goals and 21 points. The Bruins will need to sign Zacha to a new contract as he is coming off a three-year deal with an AAV of $2.25M. The Devils receive Erik Haula in return. The Pori, Finland native signed a two-year contract with Boston last season. Haula had an underwhelming start to the 2021-22 season, but finished with 47 points in 78 games. The Devils look to open up roster spots and cap space for big-name free agents, such as Johnny Gaudreau. While the Bruins look to add youth and keep UFAs Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.