Taylor Hall traded to Chicago Blackhawks in deal with Boston Bruins

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Taylor Hall was traded from the Boston Bruins to the Chicago Blackhawks two days ahead of Chicago making the top pick in this years NHL Draft. news.yahoo.com
Taylor Hall was traded from the Boston Bruins to the Chicago Blackhawks two days ahead of Chicago making the top pick in this year's NHL Draft. news.yahoo.com

Former NHL Most Valuable Player Taylor Hall has been acquired by the Chicago Blackhawks from the Boston Bruins. 

The move comes ahead of the highly anticipated NHL Draft, where the Blackhawks are expected to select rising star Connor Bedard with the top pick. Hall and forward Nick Foligno were sent to Chicago in exchange for defensemen Ian Mitchell and Alec Regula.

The trade allows the Boston Bruins to shed the remaining $6 million of Hall's salary in each of the upcoming seasons, providing them with valuable salary cap relief. On the other hand, the Blackhawks gain a veteran left wing in Hall, known for his experience and leadership qualities. Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson expressed his excitement over the addition of Hall and Foligno, stating, "The two bring a wealth of experience and leadership that will strengthen not only our forward group, but aid in the development of our entire roster."

At 31 years old, Taylor Hall has two seasons remaining on his four-year deal signed in 2021. Last season, he contributed 16 goals and 20 assists in 61 games for the Boston Bruins, showcasing his offensive prowess. Additionally, Hall proved to be a valuable asset in the Stanley Cup playoffs, scoring five goals in seven contests.

Having been the first overall pick in the 2010 draft by the Edmonton Oilers, Hall brings a wealth of experience to the Blackhawks. His presence is expected to greatly benefit 17-year-old phenom Connor Bedard, who has been making waves in the hockey world. Bedard recently led Canada to victory in the World Junior Championships and emerged as the top scorer in Canadian junior hockey.

The trade also involved Nick Foligno, a seasoned forward who just completed his 16th NHL season. Foligno's career spans over four teams, with the past two seasons spent with the Boston Bruins. Known for his versatility and offensive contributions, Foligno brings a wealth of experience to the Blackhawks' lineup.