Could Taylor Hall make a splash in Montreal?

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  • EJ Hradek speculates the Montreal Canadiens could be a suitor for Taylor Hall if the New Jersey Devils shop him at the trade deadline.
  • The 28-year-old winger is slated to become an unrestricted free agent in July.
  • Hradek believes he could be moved at some point before the Feb. 24 trade deadline.
  • Hradek observes the Canadiens have the salary-cap space to take on Hall’s cap hit for this season.
  • He pointed out the Habs attempted to land Carolina’s Sebastian Aho this summer with an offer sheet.
  • Hradek feels the Canadiens still lack depth at center, which a left winger like Hall can’t address. Nevertheless, if Hall hits the block before the trade deadline, Hradek feels the Canadiens could use him.
  • The longer Hall remains unsigned by the Devils, the more speculation suggesting he’ll be moved by the trade deadline.
  • The Devils’ ongoing struggles will only stoke that conjecture.
  • Hall would be a great addition to the Canadiens’ offense. However, will Marc Bergevin  be willing to sacrifice his first-rounder and two quality prospects for a rental player.
  • Assuming Hall was willing to re-sign with the Canadiens, Cap Friendly indicates they have over $64 million invested in 17 players for 2020-21.
  • That’s sufficient room to sign Hall for what could be $11 million annually on a long-term deal.
  • However, it would take away money needed to re-sign Max Domi and Victor Mete, as well as address other possible roster needs next summer.
Sources & Credits: EJ Hradek, NHL Network, Spectors Hockey
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