BUFFALO — Just days after the draft, the Sabres made a huge splash with the signing of former Hart Trophy winner, forward Taylor Hall on Sunday night. According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, Hall has agreed to terms with Buffalo on a one-year deal worth $8 million. Hall became an unrestricted free agent in July after being traded to Arizona midway through last season.
Hall was selected by Edmonton with the first overall pick of the 2010 NHL Draft and spent six seasons with the Oilers before he was traded to the New Jersey Devils in ‘16. In just his second season in New Jersey, Hall went on to win the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP after recording 39 goals and 54 assists in 76 games played.
One of the primary objectives for new Buffalo general manager Kevyn Adams this offseason has been improving the Sabres’ ability to score goals. At times last season Jack Eichel was Buffalo’s only scoring option. Having added Hall to go with veteran center Eric Staal, who the team signed last month, Adams is slowly bringing players in that should allow Buffalo to become a much improved offensive team this season.