Despite the way their season ended, Taylor Hall wants to re-sign with the Boston Bruins. And it doesn’t sound like it’ll cost them much.
Hall spoke with reporters for his exit interview on Friday, and the impending unrestricted free agent was asked multiple questions about potentially staying with the Bruins. His answers sound like great developments for both the organization and fans who want him to stick around.
“I see a fit, and hopefully they feel the same,” Hall said. “We’ll let the dust settle on everything this year. I’m sure they have a lot of stuff going on and some other guys that have been here longer than me that they have to worry about. We’ll figure that out, but hopefully, we can make something work. That’s obviously my goal, and like I said, hopefully we can make that happen.”
Taylor Hall's focus has been on the ice, but on a future with the #NHLBruins, he says, "I see a fit & hopefully they feel the same...hopefully we can make something work."— Nick Coit (@NCoitABC6) June 11, 2021
"I'm not looking to absolutely maximize my value...at this point, it's about more of a fit for me." @ABC6 pic.twitter.com/wOEl6u21nU
Not only does Hall want to stay in Boston for a few years, he isn’t concerned about backing up the Brinks truck, either.
“I’m not looking to absolutely maximize my value at this point in my career,” Hall said. “I’ve been fortunate enough to make some good money in this league. At this point, it’s about more of a fit for me than, maybe, money or a long-term thing. I just want to find a home for the next few years here. We’ll see what happens.”
Hall scored eight goals and six assists in 14 regular-season games with the Bruins after coming over from the Buffalo Sabres at the 2021 trade deadline. He didn’t match that production in the Stanley Cup Playoffs – just three goals and two assists in 11 games. But he often proved to be a good fit with center David Krejci, and gave the Bruins the kind of secondary scoring threat behind the No. 1 forward line that they’d been seeking for years.
Krejci himself is one of the aforementioned “other guys” that the Bruins need to decide on as part of a fork-in-the-road kind of offseason. If they intend to continue building toward Stanley Cup contention, retaining Hall, with or without Krejci, is a must.
Sounds like it’s going to be very doable.
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