Devils unlikely to ink Taylor Hall to contract extension this season

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  • Elliotte Friedman considers it unlikely the New Jersey Devils will get Taylor Hall re-signed during this season.
  • While the two sides met recently in Calgary, Hall’s agent Darren Ferris has a history of telling his clients to wait until as late as possible to determine their true market value.
  • Friedman feels it’s up to Devils general manager Ray Shero to decide on his club’s course of action.

“I think the Devils now know it’s unlikely they are going to be able to get a contract done during the year,” said Elliotte Friedman during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday.

“I think it’s up to (Devils GM) Ray Shero who is going to have to decide what the Devils’ course of action here is going to be, because I think it’s very unlikely he agrees to sign with them during the year.”

“His history is he tells his clients ‘I don’t believe you should sign until as late as possible so you can get an idea of what the true market is for your services’ and I have no reason to believe that his advice to Taylor Hall is any different in this particular situation,” Friedman explained.

  • Friedman’s colleague Rory Boylen recently listed eight NHL teams that Hall could conceivably sign with by next July.
  • The Devils are on that list but Boylen suggests their slow start could jeopardize their chances of re-signing him.
  • Boylen believes the Colorado Avalanche have the salary-cap space to sign Hall to a big contract.
  • Adrian Dater from Colorado Hockey now examined the pros and cons of the Avalanche acquiring Hall near the trade deadline as a playoff rental.
  • Acquiring him could be expensive.
  • Dater speculates the asking price could be “Tyson Jost/J.T. Compher/Nikita Zadorov/all of the above, plus a first-round-pick and maybe another pick.”
  • Hall’s only made one postseason appearance in his career.
  • Approaching his 28th birthday, he’s at the stage in his career where he might be unwilling to wait on a rebuilding team for that opportunity.
  • Shero will set a high asking price if he shops Hall before the trade deadline.
  • Interested parties will attempt to wait him out in hopes he’ll drop that price as the deadline nears.
  • The Avalanche could express interest but it’ll depend upon where they are in the standings and how long top-line forwards Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog remain sidelined.
  • They do have the cap space to re-sign him but must consider how that could affect efforts to re-sign some key players within the next two or three seasons.
Sources & Credits: Elliotte Friedman, Spectors Hockey
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