The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Taylor Hall to a one-year contract worth $8 million, the team announced Sunday. The 28-year-old tallied 52 points (16+36) in 65 games with New Jersey and Arizona last season.
Since entering the league in 2010-11, Hall ranks 23rd among NHL players in points (563) and 32nd in goals (218). His average of 1.05 points per game over the last three seasons ranks 17th.
Hall won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player in 2017-18, when he led New Jersey to the playoffs with career highs in goals (39), assists (54), and points (93). He has been selected to three All-Star Games during his career and was named a postseason First Team All-Star in 2018.
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Elliotte Friedman: No confirmation, but there are rumblings Taylor Hall is to going Buffalo on a short-term deal.
Darren Dreger: Taylor Hall is heading to Buffalo pending final approval. Details to follow.
Elliotte Friedman: Hall is 1 year at $8M
Pierre LeBrun: I’m not going to lie, I would have never guessed the Sabres.
James Mirtle: More like Buff-Hall-o amirite.
Derek Van Diest: Hall was one of a number of Oilers who were upset Ralph Krueger was replaced by Dallas Eakins after the shortened 2012-13 season. Krueger is usually the smartest guy in the room without having to tell anybody such.
PuckPedia: $7M Salary, $1M Bonus. NMC & UTC.
Pierre LeBrun: From Sabres coach Ralph Krueger via text message on being reunited with Taylor Hall: "We are extremely pleased and proud that he picked the Sabres! The level of trust is very high between us so we can go right back to work."
David Pagnotta: Colorado was one of the team's to pitch Hall a short-term offer, but the AAV was considerably less than the $8M he got from Buffalo.
Elliotte Friedman: On conference call, BUF GM Kevyn Adams says Sabres are interested in making this a long-term relationship.
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