Although the Bruins didn't finish the 2020-21 season accomplishing the ultimate goal, Taylor Hall wants to remain in Boston. And it doesn't sound like Bruins management will have to pay an arm and a leg to retain him.
Hall, an impending free agent, told reporters Friday that he's hoping to work something out with the Bruins, adding that he's not necessarily focused on the money.
"I see a fit, and hopefully they feel the same," Hall said. "We'll let the dust settle on everything this year. I'm sure they have a lot of stuff going on and some other guys that have been here longer than me that they have to worry about. We'll figure that out, but hopefully, we can make something work. That's obviously my goal, and like I said, hopefully we can make that happen."
Taylor Hall's focus has been on the ice, but on a future with the #NHLBruins, he says, "I see a fit & hopefully they feel the same...hopefully we can make something work."— Nick Coit (@NCoitABC6) June 11, 2021
"I'm not looking to absolutely maximize my value...at this point, it's about more of a fit for me." @ABC6 pic.twitter.com/wOEl6u21nU
Hall was arguably Boston's best trade-deadline acquisition this season. The 29-year-old scored eight goals and tallied 14 points in 16 regular-season games, adding three goals and five points in 11 postseason games.
The Calgary native also proved to be a solid fit with David Krejci, who also needs a new contract.
The Bruins could wait until after the expansion draft to sign Hall and their other free agents. That'll allow them to protect other players that they otherwise might not have been able to. The 2021 expansion draft is set for July 21.
Tuukka Rask, Jaroslav Halak, Sean Kuraly, Kevan Miller and Mike Reilly are also set to become unrestricted free agents this summer. Rask said Friday he doesn't want to play anywhere else but Boston, and it's more likely that the Bruins re-sign him. As for the other four, their futures with the club are uncertain.