Taylor Hall can become an unrestricted free agent after the season, and the Boston Bruins said they would like to re-sign the forward.
“As far as Taylor goes, we’re going to continue to see how things go with the playoffs here,” Bruins president Cam Neely said Wednesday. “I think we’d like to try and get something done, but that remains to be seen. But that’s our hope.”
Hall was was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres on April 12 with forward Curtis Lazar for forward Anders Bjork and a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. He signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Sabres on Oct. 11.
Hall has scored 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in 16 games with the Bruins after scoring 19 points (two goals, 17 assists) in 37 games with the Sabres.
The 29-year-old said he would like to remain with Boston. The Bruins were one team Hall considered signing with in the offseason and he used his no-move clause to allow a trade Boston at the deadline.
“It’s probably been some of the most enjoyable hockey I’ve played in my career,” Hall said Tuesday. “I really hope there’s more to come.”
The Bruins (33-16-7) finished the regular season as the No. 3 seed in the eight-team MassMutual East Division. They will open the Stanley Cup First Round against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena in Washington on Saturday (7:15 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).
Hall has found chemistry with center David Krejci, who can also become a UFA after the season. Krejci is in the final year of a six-year, $43.5 million contract he signed Sept. 7, 2014. His $7.25 million average annual value was the highest on the team before Hall arrived.
Krejci has said he is not planning to retire after this season. The 35-year-old has scored 44 points (eight goals, 36 assists) in 51 games, including 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 16 games since Hall was acquired.
“We’re always evaluating, especially players that are in the last year of their deal or going into the last year of their deal,” Neely said. “Krejci certainly has elevated his game, there’s no question. There’s no surprise that adding Taylor Hall to his wing certainly gave him some life. Those two have meshed extremely well together. But we’ll continue to evaluate as the playoffs go along and then reassess once the season’s over.”
Krejci has scored 730 points (215 goals, 515 assists) in 962 games over 15 seasons with the Bruins.