In a move that seemed inevitable, the Boston Bruins has officially re-signed
Taylor hall. The former MVP signed a four-year contract worth $ 24 million, which means he will have a salary cap of $ 6 million for the Bruins. It’s a step down from the $ 8 million he made in 2020-21, but it comes with the security of a multi-year contract.
Hall, 29, got off to a terrible start to his 2020-21 season, scoring just two goals in 37 games for the Buffalo Sabers. Seeming disinterested and frustrated, he was unable to create offense at the level he was used to, although part of that was simply bad luck. Hall had just a 2.3% shooting percentage at Buffalo, finding the back of the net only twice on 88 shots. That number was asking for a regression to his career number of 10.2%, and in Boston, surrounded by better linemates, Hall found it.
After being acquired by the Bruins at the deadline, Hall scored eight goals and 14 points in 16 games (with a 16.7% shooting percentage), immediately finding chemistry with the veteran center. David krejci. While Hall’s playoff performance wasn’t that great, it quickly became apparent how well he fit as a secondary scoring option behind Boston’s great line, and an extension seemed likely. When both parties expressed their desire for a contract, it was almost certain that Hall would return after the expansion draft.
That is not to say that this deal is risk-free. Hall has faced injury problems throughout his career, playing more than 76 games just once in his 11 seasons, and he has been one of the most inconsistent offensive players in the league since winning the Hart Trophy in 2018. That season he scored 39 goals in 76 games for the New Jersey Devils, but has only 37 in 151 games since then. His possession numbers and shot creation have remained excellent throughout, but it’s not yet a guarantee that Hall will live up to this new contract in Boston.
One of the most important questions? His lack of playoff experience. For a team like Boston that has its sights set on the Stanley Cup every year, Hall’s 25 career postseason games are a risk. It’s hard to know exactly how he will perform when control is tighter and games are more physical, but so far he has 17 points from those 25 appearances.