The Buffalo Sabres traded star forward Taylor Hall to the Boston Bruins on Sunday.
#NHLBruins W Taylor Hall says he was close to signing with the B's last offseason. "I was ready to be a Bruin and some other things didn't work out. Once I knew I was ready to be traded, Boston was No. 1 on the teams I wanted to go to." Thanked #LetsGoBuffalo GM Kevyn Adams
Sportnet's Elliotte Friedman first reported the news Sunday.
The 2018 Hart Trophy winner has struggled for form since agreeing to a one-year, $8 million deal with the Sabres last offseason, posting two goals and 17 assists in 37 games before Buffalo was able to find a suitable offer for him.
Things have gone terribly for the Sabres in 2020-21. Captain Jack Eichel has played just 21 games this year beecause of injury, the club was prohibited from team activities for seven days following a COVID-19 outbreak in February and head coach Ralph Krueger was fired 12 games into an 18-game winless streak.
It was during that streak Hall told reporters he would be willing to waive his no-movement clause. The Sabres began holding the 29-year-old out of games a week before the trade deadline to ensure their top asset didn't get injured, increasing the likelihood the former No. 1 overall pick wouldn't finish the year in Buffalo.
The Canadian will now join his fourth team in three years, and his fifth franchise since entering the league, following stints with the Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes.
Joining a contender should help Hall rediscover his scoring touch, and having some more talent around him certainly won't hurt. The one-year experiment with the Sabres may not have worked out, but he still has plenty to offer in the NHL.