Are the Toronto Maple Leafs in on Taylor Hall this summer?

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May 4, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) reacts after his goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Maple Leafs love to go after the big fishes in the summer seas of free agency. They have their own to take care of, as they just inked RFA defenseman Travis Dermott. While there’s interest to keep both UFAs Zach Hyman and Frederik Andersen, the reality is they can likely do just one.

However, if they can’t do either, GM Kyle Dubas could be looking at Taylor Hall.

Maple Leafs interested in Taylor Hall

Darren Dreger was discussing Taylor Hall on the latest edition of TSN’s Insider Trading. The fact remains that both Hall and the Bruins are working on a deal, if they can’t come to an agreement before July 28th, other teams would be interested.

“But there’s outside interest as well [on Taylor Hall], including from the Toronto Maple Leafs, which may surprise some,” he said. “Toronto has interest, I’m sure, if they can’t get Zach Hyman signed, or depending on what happens with Freddy Andersen.”

Taylor Hall sees a fit with the Bruins

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Apr 13, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) skates with the puck during an overtime period against the Buffalo Sabres at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins acquired Taylor Hall at the Trade Deadline. He was everything they could have hoped scoring 14 points in 16 games to help propel Boston into the playoffs. Unfortunately, he could not keep that production up and managed just 5 points in 11 postseason games.

Hall met with the media after the playoffs and said that he sees a fit and hopes the Bruins feel the same. “I’m not looking to absolutely maximize my value at this point in my career,” as he eluded to a hometown discount. “I’ve been fortunate enough to make some good money in this league, and at this point, it’s more of a fit for me than maybe money, or long-term thing. You want to find a home for the next few years here.”

The 29 year-old forward is coming off a one year deal earning $8 million and is unlikely to get anything close to it. With his desire to stay in Boston, GM Don Sweeney may find a real bargain in the former Hart Trophy winner. However; the Bruins can’t take that desire for granted as interest is growing around the league.