Taylor Hall is as soon as once more on the trade block.
“He might be out,” Sabres interim head coach Don Granato stated earlier than his workforce suited up in opposition to the Devils on Monday night time. “We still, undetermined yet. But it’s just part of it, it’s part of the business. Taylor knows that.”
Well, when the lineup was introduced, the winger was certainly out. With the NHL trade deadline lower than every week away (April 12 at 3 p.m. ET), Hall was held out as a precaution to protect his well being and his trade worth.
The proven fact that Hall is out there for the proper asking value isn’t a shock contemplating his tenure in Western New York has been, for lack of a greater phrase, atrocious. In 37 video games he collected two objectives and 19 factors. Yes, you’ve got learn that proper, two objectives in 37 video games, and the first got here on opening night time.
It’s not what was anticipated when he signed a one-year, $8 million deal in the offseason. It’s not what was anticipated when the 2018 Hart Trophy winner reunited with ex-coach Ralph Krueger, who labored with him for three years in Edmonton and who he praised throughout his media availability following the signing. And, it is not what was anticipated when he lined up subsequent to high NHL centerman Jack Eichel.
Yes, Hall has battled accidents in the previous few years and he solely dressed for 33 video games in 2018-19 as a result of a knee harm that resulted in arthroscopic surgical procedure to take away bone fragments. But he additionally has some firepower with 582 factors in 664 profession video games. One main concern although is that the 29-year-old 2010 first-round choose appears to now be destined for his fifth NHL workforce in simply 11 seasons. Not a superb look.
For now, the huge query isn’t actually the place will he go, however who can truly afford him? According to CapFriendly, the upcoming unrestricted free agent has acquired a remaining cap hit of $2,206,897 (as of April 7) in 2021 — however, there’s an entire bunch of groups which have zero wiggle room.
There’s additionally the rumored asking value to think about: TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported again on March 26 it includes a first-round choose. Plus, Hall does have a no-move clause nevertheless it’s uncertain he’ll use it on this state of affairs as issues in Buffalo have, clearly, not labored out.
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Either method, the fundamental tenet is: if a workforce actually needs him, we’re positive they’re going to comply with Tim Gunn’s recommendation and, “Make it work.”
So, with that, this is just a few potential landing spots for certainly one of the high guys out there.
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New York Islanders
“We’re always trying to find a scoring winger,” GM Lou Lamoriello stated throughout his midseason chat with reporters. “Everybody is. That’s not something that’s easy to do.”
Well, Lou, it might simply be for you.
Entering Wednesday’s video games, the New York squad is tied with the Capitals atop the East Division standings. They’ve finished a greater job this yr of placing the biscuit in the basket with 2.95 objectives for per sport (fifth in the division); final yr it was 2.78 (twenty second in the league). But having a man like Hall, particularly after shedding captain and high scorer Anders Lee to a season-ending knee harm, can be greater than ideally suited for the Stanley Cup contenders.
Should additionally add that with Lee, who was tied with Brock Nelson for the workforce lead in objectives (12) when he acquired injured, on long-term harm reserve the Isles do have that all-important wiggle room with regard to the wage cap.
There have been some rumblings that the Bruins want to improve their roster and Hall could also be the match; in spite of everything, he was reportedly on their radar again in October earlier than he joined the Sabres.
Currently, the Boys from Beantown sit in the final playoff spot in the East with numerous groups inside hanging distance. And they absolutely want some offensive juice. The Bruins have only a plus-11 purpose differential, which is the lowest amongst the high 5 groups in the division, and have potted a measly 99 objectives (not the worst). Mind you, it is a workforce that notched 227 in 70 video games final season. Basically, they have been on tempo for 267 in 2019-20 if it went a full 82 video games and are 226 this yr. That’s a 40-plus purpose drop. Yikes.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs could not have had the room to signal him this previous offseason, however Toronto is unquestionably interesting to the ahead. He spends his summer season breaks in the space and did signal as shut as doable to the place his mother and father reside in Ontario with out crossing the border. (Note: again when he signed there was no method of figuring out the border would nonetheless be closed immediately.) Joining the Leafs may be the neatest thing for Hall long-term as he’ll be wanting for a brand new deal come this offseason.
As for the Leafs, GM Kyle Dubas has repeatedly stated that Toronto’s retailer is huge open.
“It’s no secret that we are going to be a team that is going to be looking to acquire players at the deadline,” he advised TSN’s James Duthie recently. He added that his workforce is versatile with whether or not their trade companion is wanting for picks, prospects or roster gamers. In the subsequent three drafts, the Leafs nonetheless have all their picks however two (2021 third- and seventh-round picks) and the workforce does have some high-end prospects like Rasmus Sandin, Nick Robertson, Timothy Liljegren, Filip Hallander and 2021 IIHF World Junior standouts for Finland, Roni Hirvonen and Topi Niemela.
This one hasn’t been thrown out an excessive amount of however it might simply make the most sense — however provided that Hall is signed long-term.
Since his return to the Saddledome, head coach Darryl Sutter has repeatedly stated that the Flames roster doesn’t have sufficient firepower to compete. When Hall is wholesome and doing his factor, he is scoring; nonetheless, he could not fully match the Sutter mildew as his defensive sport wants some sparking, however he can positively bury the puck at the different finish. Which, by the method, is one thing that Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan have struggled to do that season. Could certainly one of these guys lastly be on the transfer after years of hypothesis? Sutter has known as them each out on multiple event for their lackluster play and there is a sense their days in Alberta at the moment are actually numbered.
While some have stated that the huge adjustments will in all probability are available in the summer season, the proven fact that Sutter’s struggles are solely heightening points with the roster assemble, GM Brad Treliving could really feel the stress to make a transfer now. Why? He will not be round for the summer season overhaul.
As for the Sabres finish of issues, Calgary has draft picks. They even have reportedly put David Rittich on the trade block, and when you think about Buffalo hasn’t had a high goalie since Ryan Miller, he could possibly be a pleasant addition between the pipes in Buffalo.
And why would this transfer pique the curiosity of Hall contemplating the Flames season is all however finished too? He’s a Calgary native and he could also be enticed to play for the workforce he grew up cheering for quite a lot of weeks.