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Taylor Hall, Bruins Agree to 4-Year, $24M Contract Extension

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2021

Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) warms up before Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Sunday, May 23, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Taylor Hall's brief stint with the Boston Bruins apparently wasn't enough for the left winger.

The Bruins announced they agreed to a four-year, $24 million contract.

"The Bruins are excited that Taylor wanted to remain a Boston Bruin and we are thrilled to have signed him to a multi-year contract," general manager Don Sweeney said. "He is an impact player that brings speed, scoring, skill and two-way commitment to our lineup. He fit seamlessly into our locker room and will be an integral part of our organization's goal to compete for the Stanley Cup."

This comes after an up-and-down 2020-21 campaign for the No. 1 overall pick of the 2010 NHL draft.

Hall signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres prior to the season, but things didn't go as planned. He scored just two goals in 37 games, the team went through an 18-game winless streak, head coach Ralph Krueger was fired and Jack Eichel missed time because of injury.

While Buffalo eventually finished in last place in the East Division, it traded Hall to the Bruins before the season ended.

The forward renewed his game during the playoff chase in Boston and tallied 14 points on eight goals and six assists in 16 regular-season games. He also had two goals and one assist during the Bruins' first-round victory over the Washington Capitals and had a goal and assist during the second-round loss to the New York Islanders.

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The late push was much more reminiscent of the player Hall was earlier in his career.

He played his first six seasons with the Edmonton Oilers and was into his fourth year with the New Jersey Devils when they traded him to the Arizona Coyotes in 2019-20. He is a two-time All-Star and won the 2017-18 Hart Memorial Trophy as the league MVP with the Devils behind 93 points on 39 goals and 54 assists.

While Hall has struggled to replicate that production in the years since, he was rejuvenated with the Bruins and is still in his prime at 29 years old.

He can be one of the league's best playmakers and scorers when he is dialed in, and now he will look to make a Stanley Cup run in Boston.

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