Several days after Boston Bruins forward Taylor Hall suggested he could take a discount to remain with the club, coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters he hopes the impending free agent will strongly consider spending at least one full season with the organization.
"I think the benefit of being here for the full season would be just to watch how hard a guy like Brad Marchand practices and plays every day of the season," Cassidy said Monday, according to Amalie Benjamin of the NHL's website. "Brad will take his occasional maintenance day, but other than that, when he's on the ice it's 100 percent. Competing against whoever in practice, second effort in the games.
"I think that can only help a player like Taylor that is a little further ahead and has been through some of that and has had some seasons like 'Marchy' where he's an elite player. And if he's going to get back to that level, I think watching Marchy every day will be a huge benefit for him."
Hall joined the Bruins from the Buffalo Sabres ahead of the April trade deadline and tallied eight goals and six assists across 16 regular-season games with Boston. He went on to notch three goals and two assists in 11 playoff contests.
Boston fell to the New York Islanders in the second round of the postseason.
"I think the next playoffs he's in he'll be better prepared for it," Cassidy added about Hall. "I hope it's with the Boston Bruins. He did a good job with us. He's a good player, he's a good person. He works hard. I think he knows what he wants out of his career now. He's been in a few different places. He's made some money. And hopefully both sides can make it work."