National Hockey League

What's next for Bruins after Taylor Hall signs with Sabres?

In a move that would be shocking if we weren't stuck in the nether-realm that is 2020, Taylor Hall, the 2017-18 Hart Trophy winner and top UFA forward on the market, has signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres.

Given the current fiscal climate of the NHL, it was to be expected that Hall was weighing numerous different contracts with varying terms and payouts — with a short-term deal with a contender allowing the left winger to contend for a Stanley Cup (a rarity for Hall, given that he's been marooned on some dreadful clubs over his career) and set himself up for perhaps a more substantial payout once the league's revenues rebound and the salary cap upper limit rises once again.

Even before the start of this free-agent frenzy, Hall noted that one of his priorities out on the open market was finally aligning himself with a club that could make a deep run in the postseason.

And yes, if Hall wants to take another run at things next offseason, his value should spike — given that he will almost certainly be teaming up with Jack Eichel and piling on points in 2020-21.

And while Buffalo does have some intriguing pieces to work with, that blue line and goaltending situation is still porous — making them unlikely to truly claw themselves out of a loaded Atlantic Division.

Well, clearly it wasn't meant to be — although the reasoning as to how Boston let a star winger like Hall slip through their fingers is a bit puzzling.

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