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May 4, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) reacts after his goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

A day after locking up defenseman Brandon Carlo with a six-year contract, the Bruins may be close to bringing back another key member of the 2020-2021 team.

According to Bally Sports reporter Andy Strickland, a “Taylor Hall return to [the Bruins] is moving in that direction.” This news comes a week after reports that the Toronto Maples Leafs were showing interest in the 29-year-old forward. 

The Bruins initially acquired Hall during last year’s NHL Trade Deadline, sending Anders Bjork and a second round pick to Buffalo in return for the former No. 1 pick and MVP, as well as center Curtis Lazar. Hall recorded 14 points in 16 games for the Bruins during the regular season, then added five in 11 games during the playoffs.

Since arriving in Boston, Hall has been open about his desire to stay a Bruin long-term. “I see a fit and hopefully they feel the same,” he said during his final media availability of the year. “I’m not looking to absolutely maximize my value at this point in my career. I’ve been fortunate enough to make some good money in this league, and at this point, it’s about more of a fit for me than maybe money.”

Getting Hall’s new deal out of the way would be a big step for the Bruins, but he’s far from the only big name in need of a new contract. David Krejci and Tuukka Rask highlight the rest of their pending free agent class. Leaguewide free agency begins on July 28.

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