Boston Bruins winger Taylor Hall prioritizes fitness over money in unrestricted free agency

Boston Bruins winger Taylor Room said on Friday he would prioritize fit with a team over money as he hits unrestricted free agency for the second year in a row this summer.

Hall, who joined the Buffalo Sabers last offseason on a one-year, $ 8 million contract, was traded to the Bruins on the trade deadline and was an instant hit. After scoring two goals and amassing 19 points in 37 games for the Sabers, Hall had eight goals and 14 points in 16 games when he joined the Bruins. He added three goals and five points in 11 playoff games.

“I’m not looking to absolutely maximize my value at this point. It’s about being a good fit rather than money or something for the long haul,” Hall said. “I just want to find a good home for the next few years.”

The 29-year-old has only made the playoffs for the third time in his 11-year NHL career this season.

“Dark Days” in Buffalo

Hall, who won the Hart Trophy in 2018 with the Devils, has played for four teams in the past six seasons, splitting time last season between the New Jersey Devils and the Arizona Coyotes. He gave an honest assessment of his time with the Sabers last month.

“There have been some really dark days this year in Buffalo,” Hall said in May. “I didn’t really talk much about it but I didn’t play well. I have no one else to blame for this, for my game in Buffalo. For me, it just didn’t work out. I arrived prepared, I worked hard and for some reason we just didn’t have it. We had a great group of guys; the chemistry in the locker rooms was excellent.

“When it was time to play in the game I wasn’t doing my job and I’m sure a lot of guys would say the same.”

Hall has 228 goals and 596 points in 680 career games since being selected No. 1 by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2010 NHL Draft.

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