Avalanche perceived as favorites for Taylor Hall

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  • The Colorado Avalanche are apparently making a serious run at acquiring New Jersey Devils star Taylor Hall.

“The feeling in the industry is that the Avalanche are the favorites right now, pushing to try and get Taylor Hall perhaps as soon as the Christmas break, which starts Dec. 19,” Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported on the latest edition of “Saturday Headlines.”

  • Such a deal would also play out nicely for New Jersey because Colorado has what the Devils would want in return for the 2018 Hart Trophy winner and pending unrestricted free agent.
  • The Avalanche own the fourth-lowest cap hit in 2019-20 with $5.95 million in projected space.

  • Colorado also possesses a talented prospect pool that includes defensemen Bowen Byram and Conor Timmins, along with forwards Alex Newhook, Martin Kaut, and Vladislav Kamenev.
  • Could you imagine an Avs’ top-six featuring MacKinnon centering Landeskog and Rantanen and Kadri between Hall and Joonas Donskoi or Andre Burakovsky?
  • Hall is a natural left winger. Kadri prefers center and Donskoi is a natural right winger along with Burakovsky, a lefty who, like Rantanen, prefers to accept passes up ice on his backhand use his shot from the right wing.
  • So from the lineup perspective, Hall would be a near perfect addition for the Avs.
Sources & Credits: Chris Johnston, Sportsnet, The Score, The Denver Post
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