Nothing can be officially announced by any of the other NHL teams until after the league gets through the very anticlimactic NHL expansion draft, but it appears that Taylor Hall and the Boston Bruins are pushing toward a new contract to keep him in Boston.
Hall and the Bruins have made “meaningful progress” toward a contract expected to be in the neighborhood of a four-year, $6 million per season contract, according to DFO Hockey’s Frank Seravalli.
Hearing #NHLBruins have made meaningful progress with pending UFA Taylor Hall.
Expectation is Hall will indeed remain in Boston after the signing moratorium is lifted. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a deal in the 4 years x $6 million neighborhood.
Stay tuned. @DFOHockey
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 21, 2021
While there were rumors of Hall potentially eying Toronto as a landing spot and long stretches where little info was coming out from either side, none of this should be a surprise. Both Hall and the Boston Bruins consistently said they wanted to keep the marriage going beyond the last few months of last season when he was traded to the Black and Gold.
The contract numbers shouldn’t be surprising either with the Bruins looking to get Hall in a shade under the $6.125 million per season they are paying Brad Marchand, a fairly disciplined salary structure that’s been in place since Don Sweeney took over GM duties in Boston six years ago. Once the Boston Bruins have Hall locked up then they can focus on getting a contract done with David Krejci, and then moving on to addressing needs on defense and the bottom-6 forwards.
The 29-year-old Hall was excellent in Boston with eight goals and 14 points in 16 games after arriving in Buffalo but was a little more hit-or-miss in the playoffs when he finished with three goals, five points and a minus-2 in 11 games. Hall was essentially kept in check against the Islanders in the second round of the playoffs, but the expectation is that a full year with the Bruins will leave him even more well-prepared to be that secondary offense provider for the Black and Gold.
As NHL teams wait for the expansion draft to go by, here are the rest of the BHN Puck Links for today:
*Speaking of the NHL expansion draft, here’s our Hagg Bag Expansion Draft edition to answer all the burning Boston Bruins questions. (Boston Hockey Now)
*Many of the picks have gone by the wayside now that everything is leaking, but here’s a mock expansion draft for NHN by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Kingerski. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
*In case you haven’t seen it, here’s an incomplete list of the players that are apparently going to be taken in tonight’s expansion draft:
— Uffe Bodin (@UffeBodin) July 21, 2021
*Apparently, the Boston Bruins aren’t the only ones interested in Coyotes winter Conor Garland, as the New York Islanders are lurking as well. (NYI Hockey Now)
*Though it doesn’t appear any of them are leaving, there were a lot of big names that the Flyers were in danger of losing to the Seattle Kraken in the expansion draft. (Philly Hockey Now)
*Like it or not, the Detroit Red Wings are going to ride-or-die with Luke Glendening. (Detroit Hockey Now)
*The Colorado Avalanche made their lead scout available ahead of NHL Draft weekend, so here’s a look at their draft strategy for this weekend’s NHL Draft. (Colorado Hockey Now)
*Here’s a big board for the San Jose Sharks draft plans for this weekend, as well, in podcast form. (San Jose Hockey Now)
*What are the Golden Knights getting in Nolan Patrick? Well, certainly a reclamation project but one with some pretty top tier talent. (The Athletic)
*Jack Eichel continues to be the conversation starter of the offseason as the Wild and Avalanche are mentioned as possibilities for the Sabres superstar. (Hockey News)
*For something completely different: Really looking forward to the new season of Ted Lasso as its getting ready to drop. (EW.com)