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Former Coyote Taylor Hall to sign to 1-year, $8 million deal with Sabres

Taylor Hall #91 of the Arizona Coyotes skates with the puck during the first period of the NHL game against the New York Islanders at Gila River Arena on February 17, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Islanders 2-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Former Arizona Coyotes forward Taylor Hall has agreed to sign a one-year, $8 million deal with the Buffalo Sabres, the NHL announced Sunday night.

The 2018 Hart Trophy winner as the NHL MVP, Hall was regarded to be the top forward available on the free agent market once it opened Friday.

The forward joins the likes of Vinnie Hinostroza as other Coyotes attackers to depart the Valley in free agency this offseason.

In his time in Arizona, Hall compiled 10 goals and 17 assists in 35 games.

Buffalo is Hall’s third team in two years after the New Jersey Devils traded him to the Arizona Coyotes in the middle of last season.

The Coyotes acquired Hall in December, trading a first-round pick to add a top-level forward to the team’s push for a playoff run.

Hall joins his fourth NHL organization since being the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft. He’s reunited with Sabres coach Ralph Krueger, for whom he played the 2013 lockout-shortened season with the Edmonton Oilers.

He has topped 20 goals five times, including posting career bests with 39 goals and 93 points in 2017-18 with the Devils.

Hall has averaged 1.05 points per game over the past three seasons, which ranks 17th among NHL players.

Associated Press hockey writer Stephen Whyno contributed to this story.

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