Morning Free Association: New Bruin, Taylor Hall

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So, you traded for Taylor Hall, now what? This is a helpful primer to get you acquainted with your new acquisition: usage, expectations, and special care instructions.

Taylor Hall is a former first-overall draft pick from 2010. Fun fact: he was drafted one slot higher than the Boston Bruins selection of Tyler Seguin. Another fun fact: former Bruins and former Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli fulfilled a lifelong dream of trading away both the first and second overall picks from the 2010 draft when he sent Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars in 2013 and Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils in 2016.

Taylor Hall has played for several teams over the past few years: Edmonton Oilers (2010-2016), New Jersey Devils (2016-2019), Arizona Coyotes (2019-2020), and the Buffalo Sabres (2020-2021). He won the Hart Trophy in 2018 with the Devils. Apparently, he’s wanted to play for the Bruins for years. And he would like to play with them for years.

In the past, he has primarily worn the number 4. The reason may have been his respect for his former agent, and his father’s favorite player, Bobby Orr. He has since parted ways with Orr’s agency and now is represented by the same team that represents Patrice Bergeron. Obviously with the Bruins, Hall knew he couldn’t wear 4 and will now wear a unique number to him: 71. This number was last worn, albeit briefly, by Marc Savard in 2007.

The Boston Bruins were in the mix for Taylor Hall back in September during free agency. According to Elliotte Friedman, Hall was interested in signing with the Bruins but was impatient. The Bruins were up against the cap and needed to move pieces around to fit Hall under the cap and he chose not to wait, opting to take a one-year deal with Buffalo. That did not go well.

At times he has been the alternate captain for the various franchises for which he has played. However, it is not advised to give him a letter but rather just let him play without worries of leadership duties. Plus, the Bruins are full of leadership roles. He has expressed that he doesn’t want to be the guy nor in the spotlight on his new team.

During media availability, Hall expressed that his confidence has taken a hit in the past couple of years and that he needs to find his inner goal scorer again.

“I’m not the most confident hockey player. Throughout this year, there have been a lot of struggles, and obviously goal scoring has been one of them. I have to find that part of my game back,” he said.

Taylor Hall is so looking forward to playing for the Bruins that he drove down from Buffalo on Monday night so he could be ready to play on Tuesday night against his former team, the Buffalo Sabres.

Even though Hall doesn’t quite know where he will slot in, it is almost a guarantee that he will play on David Krejci’s left wing. This should make Krejci very happy.

So, that’s a bunch of stuff to know about our new 2LW. I hope that he finds his game quickly. No pressure but a hat trick tonight would be cool.

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Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

Morning all. Did anyone else start their morning off by stepping in cat puke? No? Just me? Okay, cool.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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At least you have exceeded your USDA recommended daily allowance of cat puke.
Most of us struggle to do so.

Satan 81's Sister
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I hear it’s the secret ingredient that makes the Covid vaccine work.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Gah! Well I hope Nugget is feeling better at least.

If it’s any consolation, nearly every day for me starts with cleaning up budgie poop …

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Satan 81's Sister

The joys of pet ownership! And Nugget is fine. She was squawking for her breakfast this morning like normal.

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Of the three acquisitions, I think I’m most intrigued by Mike Reilly. He seems like a decent defender who can set up a lot of scoring opportunities. It seems like a really good match.
If only the Bruins could have found a guy like that in the off season. Someone who could captain a power play team. But where could they have found a guy like that.
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Hi folks,

Looking forward to see what the new guys will bring.

A but harsh to say Seguin was traded for nothing. We only got to see the real Loui Eriksson for one year and he got 30 goals. Although I guess he didnt really do much after he left.

I’ve got two days off and not a lot to do with them. What a nice feeling!

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Yeah, Loui Eriksson wasn’t “nothing” – he just wasn’t sufficient return to a #2 overall who looked like he would become a 40 goal scorer. It would have been fun to see what he could do if his first season as a Bruin wasn’t obliterated after 29 games.