Taylor Hall shockingly signing with Buffalo Sabres

Former NHL MVP Taylor Hall signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, according to multiple reports.

The move came as a stunner, as it was expected that Hall, one of the most coveted free agents, would sign with a Stanley Cup contender after just two trips to the playoffs in 10 seasons.

Buffalo is anything but a contender after finishing 25th in the league last season.

But the addition of Hall, who would likely line up at left wing alongside star center Jack Eichel on the top line, could return the Sabres back to the postseason in 2021.

The short deal, which includes a no-move and no-trade clause, also allows the 28-year-old Hall the opportunity to maximize his value with the hopes of earning a longer, more lucrative contract next summer.

Hall was named MVP in 2018 after carrying the Devils to the playoffs. New Jersey traded him to Arizona last season, and he finished with 16 goals and 52 points in 65 games.

The No. 1 pick in 2010 has 563 points in 627 games but has been hampered by injuries the last couple seasons.

Hall and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who reportedly is expected to sign with the Las Vegas Knights, were the top free agents available entering the offseason.

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