Taylor Hall‘s time in New Jersey can be coming to an end. All of this commotion began when Pierre LeBrun tweeted November 30th that the Devils are listening to offers on their forward:
Hockey Twitter has been tweeting off their offers left and right for various teams.
It’s not shocking that the Devils are looking for moves to make. The Devils are 9-13-4 and 8th in the Metropolitan Division, the team has 66 goals for and 97 goals against. This team was hyped at the offseason and now they’re floundering. Some change is needed.
On top of that, Hall is a UFA at the end of the season and he doesn’t seem keen on staying in New Jersey so instead of losing him for nothing, might as well get something out of it. He’ll either be picked up as a hefty rental and test the market come July or go to a team that can offer him around the $6 million when the time comes.
The 28-year-old forward has 21 points (4G 17A) this season, leading the team in points. He also has an average of 19:12 per game in 26 games and a Corsi for % of 48.9%.
Now, every Athletic writer has been hypothetically making trade options but some are just unrealistic. Hall won’t go to Buffalo or Montreal where he’ll be bogged down in a similar situation and the Devils get mediocre players in return. It just doesn’t work.
The one team I’ve heard tossed around a lot is the Colorado Avalanche. Colorado has apparently been scouting the New Jersey Devils organizations, per Greg Wyshynski.
Colorado is hot right now and they’re only going to get better as more players return from injury. Adding Hall would be magical for the Avs BUT what Colorado would have to give up for a guy that might not resign there is a big gamble. The Avs have a 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th round picks in the 2020 draft so they have those to spare. For a player like Hall going UFA come this summer, there will be conditional picks in any trade with him.
Nothing is for certain as of now though. Some people have thrown around Edmonton as a destination and honestly, as someone who LIVES for chaos, I’d love to watch that trade happen. I think Hall will be out of New Jersey soon but as for where he lands, we’ll have to wait and see.
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