2021 deadline pickup Taylor Hall is reportedly sticking around.
After almost a week straight of positive reports in regards to the negotiations between the Bruins and the 29-year-old pending free agent, the sides spent Thursday afternoon finalizing a four-year deal worth $24 million.
Word of the dollar amount was first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger, who also added the deal is expected to include a no-trade clause.
Acquired from the Sabres (along with Curtis Lazar) in exchange for Anders Bjork and a 2021 second-round pick, and using his no-move clause to essentially force his way to Boston, Hall proved to be just what the Bruins’ second line needed.
Skating with David Krejci and Craig Smith, Hall put up eight goals and 14 points in 16 regular season contests, and added three goals and five points in 11 postseason games. The 2021 postseason also came with the first postseason series victory of Hall’s 11-year NHL career, which came with just two postseason appearances through his first 10 seasons.
Hall, the No. 1 overall pick from the 2010 NHL Draft and winner of the Hart Trophy as the league’s MVP in 2017-18, has compiled 228 goals and 596 points in 680 career games between five NHL franchises.
With Hall signed, the Bruins can now turn their attention towards adding some defensemen to the mix (this seems to be the top priority for the B’s this summer), and eventually make decisions on both David Krejci and Tuukka Rask.
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