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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - APRIL 15: Taylor Hall #71 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New York Islanders during the third period at TD Garden on April 15, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Islanders 4-1. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

With the Seattle Kraken expansion draft officially in their rearview, the Bruins and pending unrestricted free agent winger Taylor Hall are free to get serious with their talks and finalize an extension. And it appears that the sides are doing just that, according to the latest update from TSN’s Darren Dreger.

“Finishing touches on Hall’s new contract with Boston likely cleaned up tomorrow,” Dreger tweeted late Wednesday night. “Should come in at four years and close to $24 million total.”

The latest update on Hall continues what’s been about a week straight of all good news as it relates to the Bruins and Hall coming to an agreement, with the sides ‘moving towards’ a deal since last Friday.

Assuming the numbers are close to exact, such an extension for Hall would come with (or close to) a $6 million cap hit, which would make the 29-year-old the fourth-highest paid Boston forward behind Patrice Bergeron ($6.875 million), David Pastrnak ($6.66 million), and Brad Marchand ($6.125 million).

That was always considered the sweet spot for Hall, really, with a ‘best case scenario’ average annual value for the Bruins somewhere between Charlie Coyle’s $5.25 million hit and Marchand’s hit.

Acquired from the Sabres in exchange for Anders Bjork and a 2021 second-round pick, Hall thrived in Boston, with eight goals and 14 points in 16 regular season games before a postseason run that included three goals and five points in 12 games.

Hall also repeatedly said all the right things when it came to his time in Boston and continuing it beyond 2021.

“I see a fit and hopefully they feel the same,” Hall said last month. “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. Then we’ll figure that out, but hopefully we can make something work. That’s my goal and hopefully we can make that happen.”

The Bruins, who want to add a top-four defenseman this offseason and still need to make decisions on David Krejci and Tuukka Rask among others, currently have over $26 million in projected cap space.


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