Report: Coyotes definitely interested in trading for Hall
- The Arizona Coyotes are definitely interested in trading for New Jersey Devils star Taylor Hall, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported on Thursday’s edition of “Insider Trading.”
- Hall, 28, is in the final year of his current deal, which carries an annual cap hit of $6 million.
- He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in July, and Devils GM Ray Shero is reportedly listening to potential offers for the blue-chip winger.
- The Devils entered the 2019-20 campaign with high expectations after being one of the most aggressive teams in the offseason.
- But New Jersey has stumbled to a 9-14-4 record through 27 contests and sits second-last in the NHL entering Thursday’s action.
- Arizona, on the other hand, has enjoyed a strong start to the season as it looks to end a seven-year playoff drought.
- The Coyotes have been one of the league’s best defensive teams but rank 23rd in goals-per-game and could use an offensive boost.
- Coyotes general manager John Chayka added perennial goal-scorer Phil Kessel in a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins in July, and his apparent interest in Hall seems to indicate Arizona is all-in on this season; the Coyotes are currently projected by CapFriendly to have just $785,000 in cap space for 2020-21 – the first season of Hall’s next contract.
- Hall captured the 2018 Hart Trophy as league MVP with a career-best 93-point campaign.
- The Alberta native leads the Devils with 22 points this season but has mustered just four goals in 27 games.
Sources & Credits: Darren Dreger, The Score
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