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BOSTON (CBS) — Instead of gearing up for a deciding Game 7 with the Islanders, the Boston Bruins spent their Friday morning reflecting on a 2020-21 season that, in their minds, ended much too soon. It sends the Bruins into an offseason of uncertainty, one that should include a slew of moves as the team looks to revamp — and potentially rebuild — for next season.

One of those moves will be addressing the free agency of Taylor Hall. The Bruins acquired the forward from Buffalo at the trade deadline, and he was an instant hit after Boston saved him from the lowly Sabres. Hall provided a much-needed offensive spark for Boston’s second line, netting eight goals in his 16 regular season games with the team, adding three more goals in 11 playoff games.

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Hall admitted that things could have been better in the playoffs, which leaves him even hungrier for another postseason run with the Bruins.

“It was tough to go out like that. I think we have the makings of a really good team,” Hall told reporters during his Friday morning Zoom session. “It’s frustrating — you don’t want to be here this early. But the experience for me was great, the city, the fans, the organization as a whole and the guys in the room. For me, it was a chance to play with some great players and great people and I really enjoyed that.”

Now Hall has a decision to make. He could certainly make a pretty penny on the open market this summer after his successful stint in Boston, but after his miserable half-season in Buffalo, he would trade in that big payday for a winning situation. He’s hoping that means another few years with the Bruins.

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“I see a fit,” Hall said of the B’s. “Hopefully they feel the same. We’ll let the dust settle on everything this year; I’m sure they have some other stuff going on and guys who have been here longer than me. But hopefully we can make this work. That is obviously my goal and hopefully we can make that happen.”

Hall sounded like he would be open to taking an under-market deal with the Bruins, so long as it’s not too under market.

“I don’t even know what my value is at this point. I feel like I had two different seasons,” he said. “I’m not looking to, you know, absolutely max my value at this point in my career. I’ve been fortunate enough to make some good money in this league and at this point it’s more about fit than money or a long-term thing. I want to find a home for the next few years here, we’ll see what happens.

For now though, Hall isn’t going anywhere. He enjoyed his time in Boston, and will remain in town for a little bit longer.

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“I’m going to be here for at least a couple more weeks. I love the area and my girlfriend does as well,” he said. “Unfortunately back home isn’t very open. I don’t even know if I can get to a gym or ice time, so I’m in no rush to get back home. No rush to leave.”

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Eagles Starter Recruiting NFL Hall of Famer to Return?

Getty Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens on the field before the start of Super Bowl XXXIX between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles at Alltel Stadium on February 6, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida.

It’s hard to fathom a 47-year-old helping the Philadelphia Eagles rise from the ashes of a firestorm. Then again, there aren’t many guys like Terrell Owens out on the waiver wire.

Owens will turn 48 in December and he’s already enshrined in Canton. He also was timed running the 40-yard dash in an unofficial 4.4 seconds last year in a friendly foot race. The Hall of Famer once wore a midnight green jersey and, if his latest Twitter plea is believable, he might want to return to Philly.

Is a possible NFL comeback laughable for Owens? Yes, it most definitely is. But if any retired player shouldn’t be counted out, it’s him. He remains in phenomenal physical shape, plus the six-time Pro Bowler maintains strong relationships with several current players like Julio Jones and Tyreek Hill.

Owens could be invaluable as a mentor to one of the youngest receiving corps in the NFL. It seemed to be a point not lost on current Eagles cornerback Darius Slay who was quick to engage Owens on social media when he first teased an unlikely return to football.

Let the @Eagles know I’m ready and available! #AgeAintNothinButANumber No ???? https://t.co/Qs5CfkiUbr

— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) June 20, 2021

“NFL, y’all slept on my boy for a decade. It’s time to put him back in the league,” retired NFL star turned analyst Marcellus Wiley said in 2020, via Barrett Sports Media. “Let me answer the question correctly. Yes, he can still play in the NFL and yes, he could start for multiple teams, not talking about just the Eagles. You don’t have to put him in a place where he is familiar or been there before, so you can welcome the old man into the building.”

46-year-old Terrell Owens and Tyreek Hill faced off in a 100-yard dash ????

(via @cheetah) pic.twitter.com/lAxCyz0psy

— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) July 21, 2020

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Eagles Reach Injury Settlement with WR

The Eagles released undrafted rookie wide receiver Trevon Grimes after reaching an injury settlement with him. The Florida product had undergone a minor knee procedure (via NJ Advance Media) and was considered a long shot to make the final roster.

Unclaimed off waivers: Krishawn Hogan (Cardinals), Donte Sylencieux (Ravens), Thomas Schaffer, Gunnar Vogal (Bears), Jonathan Adams (Lions), Jon'Vea Johnson (Jaguars), Trevon Grimes (Eagles)

— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) June 22, 2021

Grimes (6-foot-4, 223 pounds) had been an intriguing prospect coming out of college where he played under Eagles quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson. He recorded 97 receptions for 1,444 yards and 14 touchdowns during a three-year stint with the Gators.

Merrill Reese Drools Over DeVonta Smith

Legendary play-by-play radio announcer Merrill Reese doesn’t throw undue accolades on just anyone just because he dons a midnight green jersey.

Hallelujah!!! They got it right! I can’t wait to see DeVonta Smith in an Eagles uniform. Hurts to Smith….touchdown Eagles!

— Merrill Reese (@mreeseeagles) April 30, 2021

So hearing what he had to say about first-round draft pick DeVonta Smith was worth jotting down. He thinks the Heisman Trophy winner could be the best receiver that Philly has seen since Harold Carmichael or Mike Quick.

“In 50 years, I’ve seen a lot of wide receivers and I’ve seen great ones … But I’ve never seen a receiver that makes my jaw drop the way that he does,” Reese told the Eagle Eye podcast, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. “Keep in mind that Mike and Harold were unbelievable talents but they weren’t blazingly fast.

“This guy is blazingly fast and looks like he has springs on the bottom of his shoes the way he goes up. And he may be 6-1 1/2 but he has catch radius of somebody 6-4.”

Out of his 1,256 receiving yards last season, #Alabama WR DeVonta Smith recorded 781 yards after the catch and 361 yards after contact. Plays much stronger than his frame indicates. pic.twitter.com/781YPvtrDZ

— Jordan Reid (@Jordan_Reid) July 21, 2020

 

 

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