SHOULD THE FLAMES SWAP GAUDREAU FOR HALL?
- Larry Brooks from the NY Post points out New Jersey Devils winger Taylor Hall has just three goals in 21 games.
- He wonders if the Calgary Flames would trade winger Johnny Gaudreau to Devils for Hall if they knew they could sign the latter to a contract extension.
- Brooks was also curious if Devils GM Ray Shero would make that deal or seek a more traditional rental return (first-round pick, top prospects, etc) for Hall.
“If the Flames knew they could sign Hall to an extension, would they move Johnny Gaudreau (five goals, 18 assists, 23 points in 25 games and with a cap hit of $6.75 million per through 2021-22) for the pending free agent?
Would the Devils make that deal, or would Shero seek a more traditional rental return (first-rounder, prospect, et al) for No. 9?”
- Brooks is doing his usual spitballing.
- Hall could be moved by the Feb. 24 trade deadline if the Devils are unable to re-sign him, but the Flames won’t be giving up Gaudreau for him.
- The latter is younger, healthier, and carries a reasonable contract.
- Hall is also expected to seek over $10 million annually on his next deal.
- Gaudreau’s been more productive (405 points) than Hall (306) since 2014-15. Injuries hampered Hall’s offensive output during that time.
- While Gaudreau’s had his struggles (19 points) this season, Flames GM Brad Treliving made it clear last week that he’s not trading the 26-year-old winger.
Sources & Credits: Larry Brooks, NY Post, Spectors Hockey