Last week, there were some conflicting reports about just how close the Bruins and Taylor Hall were to an extension.
While Bally Sports' Andy Strickland reported the two sides were "moving in that direction" towards a deal, one of the sport's biggest insiders, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, said he was "less convinced" there was "a deal in the drawer."
Less than a week later, it seems Friedman now has reason to be a little more convinced. In his latest notebook posted Wednesday morning, Friedman writes this:
The momentum is gaining with Boston and Taylor Hall. Word is Hall wants to stay and the Bruins want to keep him. Nothing is done until it’s done, but there’s a path.
That is certainly an encouraging change in tone if you're a Bruins fans. Hall has made it clear since the day he arrived in Boston that he wanted to be a Bruin long-term.
The Bruins have also publicly expressed their interest in keeping Hall, but there were rumors that there was a gap between the two sides on the length of the contract even though they were close on the annual money.
The Bruins cannot finalize a deal with Hall before Wednesday night's Seattle expansion draft, as there is currently a league-wide freeze on transactions for every team besides the Kraken.
After that, they will have a week to continue exclusive negotiations with Hall and their other free agents before free agency opens on July 28.
The news has been quieter when it comes to Hall's linemate, David Krejci. While the Bruins would like to keep the veteran center and Krejci has said he doesn't see himself playing for another NHL team, it is not yet clear if Krejci has given the Bruins a clear indication one way or the other on whether he wants to keep playing here. His other option would be returning home to play in the Czech Republic, something he has said he'd like to do at some point.
Update: Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli adds that he is hearing Hall is expected to remain in Boston on deal that will look something like four years, $6 million per year.