Hall unsure of his own worth
A season after signing a year-long, $ 8 million unconventional pact with the Buffalo Sabers, Taylor Hall is once again one of the biggest names in what looks like a pretty deep class of agents. free without restriction.
Only, one has the impression that he has already found his home.
“I see an adjustment and I hope they feel the same,” Hall told reporters during his end-of-season availability last week in reference to the Bruins.
Hall has expressed his love for Boston since joining the B’s, telling reporters in April that he was “really close” to signing with them in free agency last fall, but that ultimately “didn’t work out.” “. ”
“We’re going to let the dust settle on everything this year – I’m sure they have a lot going on, and other guys who’ve been here longer than me that they have to worry about and then we’ll figure that out. Hall explained. “But I hope we can make something work. This is obviously my goal, and I hope we can get there.
As Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said on Tuesday, the feeling is mutual.
So what does Hall’s re-signing actually look like?
“Yeah, I mean, I don’t even know what my worth is at this point. I feel like I’ve had two different seasons, ”Hall said, when asked if he might consider a (new) hometown cut to stay.
In 37 games with the Sabers in 2020-21, Hall has scored just two goals and collected 17 assists for 19 points. He then netted eight goals and 14 points in 16 games to end the season with Boston – a difference day and night and a testament to the power of chemistry.
“I’m not looking to absolutely maximize my value at this point in my career. I’ve been fortunate enough to make a lot of money in this league and at this point it’s more of a business for me than maybe money or a long-term thing, ”said Hall. “I just want to find a home for the next few years here, and we’ll see what happens. “
Bruins give Krejci space to make UFA decision
Asked about Hall’s new teammate, longtime Bruin and now UFA David Krejci, Sweeney replied:
“In David’s case it’s very unique in the fact that he would like to continue playing for the Bruins, he’s obviously interested that he can go home at some point. Whether next year or later. His family dynamic is important to him. He was asked to have a little time in the next few days to allow him alone to have conversations with his family, and then we’ll sit down and have a really honest conversation. I believe David wants to keep playing and he’s made it clear that if he wants to continue his career, this is the place he will continue to play if he chooses to stay at the NHL level.
The risk is to stay in Boston
Much of Boston’s success, of course, will depend on how well they can cope without starting veteran Tuukka Rask – for now, anyway.
Rask, another UFA this summer, has made it clear he doesn’t play anywhere other than Boston. The big question here will be health.
Rask announced last week that he would undergo surgery to repair a torn hip labrum, which means a long recovery period that will stretch into the 2021-22 season.
“He has indicated to us that he fully intends to rehabilitate with the intention of coming back and we’ll go through our meetings and things and move on. But we have to take into account that he could be a part of it, ”Sweeney said of Rask’s situation and how the team might proceed. “Whether or not that means the two young guys get the bulk of the work at the start and see where Tuukka is coming from, or we’re going to increase our group and create some internal competition and then re-evaluate how Tuukka is doing coming out of the rehabilitation process.” . “
By “the two youngsters”, Sweeney is talking about Dan Vladar and Jeremy Swayman.
Swayman, 22, was excellent in his short stint at the end of the season, recording a 7-3 record in his first 10 starts while recording a 1.50 goals-against average, save percentage of. , 945 and two shutouts.
What’s next for Hamilton?
Monday brought us what will be a really interesting story as teams begin to dig into off-season moves: the Carolina Hurricanes granting star defenseman Dougie Hamilton permission to speak with other teams before free will.
This sets up a number of possibilities, including the elusive sign-and-trade. The fact that the Seattle Kraken is gearing up to build their roster also adds an interesting layer here. Hamilton would be a great star to build a brand new blue line, and while Kraken general manager Ron Francis wasn’t the guy who brought Hamilton to Carolina, the former Hurricanes general manager is known for his penchant for the selection of strong defenders.
Of course, Hamilton being cleared to explore other teams doesn’t mean he’s out in Carolina. The blue liner has made it clear that he enjoys playing for Raleigh, and the squad are poised for plenty of victories in the near future as a club entering their prime. Owner Tom Dundon is known for taking a tough stance in contract talks and giving Hamilton space to explore his own value after talks break down during the season, perhaps it is his belief that the market will speak for him.
When will Brind’Amour sign?
Another interesting negotiation in Carolina took place with Jack Adams’ finalist head coach Rod Brind’Amour.
“I think the teams wanted to talk to him. I don’t think he would ever leave ”, Sportsnet‘s Elliotte Friedman said in a conversation about The big show Monday. “I think it was in Carolina or nowhere, but I think the teams wanted to talk to him. “
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Of course, these things can change very quickly. But several reports over the past season, including Hurricanes reporter Sara Civian from Athleticism, points out that Brind’Amour remains on site, with the blocking of contract talks due to his desire to keep all the coaching staff intact.
The Eichel-Sabers saga continues
As Friedman wrote on Tuesday, the situation between the Buffalo Sabers and Jack Eichel has entered the “cone of silence” phase.
Friedman said he didn’t believe the Sabers allowed anyone to speak to Eichel.
“From what I can tell, the team and their captain are negotiating the next steps in his recovery,” Friedman wrote. “Multiple sources indicate that if there is a deal involving Eichel or Sam Reinhart, don’t be surprised if the Sabers end up with a high second selection in the first round in the July draft. “
Kings writer John Hoven indicated last week that while LA may be able to take action to boost the offense this summer, he shouldn’t be on Eichel.
Et Reinhart ?
While we’re all focused on Eichel, maybe it’s Reinhart who’s making the first headlines on the business front. Reinhart was one of the few bright spots in 2020-21 and is still under contract for another season. Looks like there is tons of interest.
Listen, Canucks fans:
Tocchet appears to be the favorite for Kraken’s work
With the coaching carousel making a few saves – Gerard Gallant at the New York Rangers, Travis Green reconnecting with the Vancouver Canucks, Brad Larsen being promoted by the Columbus Blue Jackets – when do we know who lands in Seattle?
Sportsnet‘s Chris Johnston said during an appearance on Halford & Brough Wednesday morning that the current coaching landscape “certainly indicates Rick Tocchet” is the Kraken’s first head coach.
Johnston said it wasn’t a slam-dunk, but if we establish a favorite in this scenario, it’s Tocchet.
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Another interesting nugget of the conversation: Johnston said he heard suggestions that Paul Maurice might be a fit in Seattle, based on his history with Francis in Carolina.
Johnston, however, clearly states:
“I have no information to suggest he won’t be coaching the Winnipeg Jets next year, but there have been rumors about it that maybe there could be a crisis,” Johnston said. .
“But I think after what has been a pretty long process… it looks like we’re nearing the finish line here with Rick Tocchet most likely to get this job,” he said.
Power is considering a return to school
Owen Power, the projected first overall pick in the next 2021 NHL Draft – aka future Buffalo Saber Owen Power – just had a great outing with Team Canada at the world championships and will soon be back in the hockey spotlight. during the draft season next month.
Requested during a NHL Network interview Last week of his early thoughts on where he’ll play next season (pros or NCAA), the Mississauga-born defenseman said he was inclined to return to Michigan for his sophomore year of college hockey.
“I think right now I’m probably leaning more toward going back to school,” he said. “It’s something I would love to do, just to try and get the real experience of playing college hockey. But at the end of the day, it obviously depends on what the team wants and what everyone around me thinks is best. So, I don’t think there is really a bad option, but I would say I’m probably leaning a bit more into going back to school right now.