DEVILS ENTERTAINING OFFERS FOR HALL
- Elliotte Friedman believes Hall’s former team, the Edmonton Oilers, could be in on a Hall trade. Other suitors could include Montreal, Colorado, and St. Louis.
- He thinks a lot of it depends upon the Devils’ asking price.
- On Nov. 8, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that it was “unlikely” that Hall would sign an extension during the season.
- Now it appears that trading the former Hart Trophy winner may be in the cards.
“The trade market for Taylor Hall is getting a little bit hotter,” said Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday. “It’s believed that teams have started picking up the phone and calling [Devils GM] Ray Shero a little bit more.”
- One of the potential fits for a trade could be Hall’s former team.
“I do think that the Oilers are one of several teams with the likes of Montreal, Colorado and St. Louis who will be in this,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman added. “But like Chris said, I think a lot of it depends on price for the Oilers and anyone else who may bite.”
- Shero wouldn’t be listening to offers if he was confident of getting the winger under contract.
- Hall will be traded at some point before the trade deadline.
- The Oilers need secondary scoring but but they might be better served to pursue a third-line center like Ottawa’s Jean-Gabriel Pageau.
- The Canadiens need defensive help, not a scoring winger who’ll likely depart via free agency in July.
- The Blues could use a short-term replacement for sidelined sniper Vladimir Tarasenko.
- As long as they’re riding high in the standings, however, there’s no urgency to swing that deal.
- The Avalanche could be an intriguing option.
- They’ve got the salary-cap space, plenty of good young talent, and a general manager in Joe Sakic unafraid of making a big move to help his team.
- Nevertheless, Sakic could be reluctant to invest too much in an expensive rental or someone who’ll cost a fortune to re-sign.
Sources & Credits: Elliotte Friedman, Sportsnet, Spectors Hockey