BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres have made a splash in free agency, signing forward Taylor Hall to a one-year, $8 million contract.
The Sabres confirmed the signing on Sunday evening, putting a big exclamation point on the first weekend of the NHL's free agency period.
The 2018 Hart Trophy winner as the NHL MVP, Hall was considered the top forward available on the market. He’s reuniting with Sabres coach Ralph Krueger, for whom he played the 2013 lockout-shortened season with the Edmonton Oilers.
The 28-year-old recorded 16 points and 36 assists last season with the New Jersey Devils and the Arizona Coyotes.
Hall won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player in 2017-18 with the Devils, after he posted career highs in goals (39), assists (54) and points (93).
The No. 1 overall pick with the Edmonton Oilers in 2010, Hall has always had high expectations on the ice. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward ranks 23rd among current NHL players in points (563) and 32nd in goals (218).