Via a report from Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman notes on Hockey Central that the New Jersey Devils aren’t just prepared to trade Taylor Hall, they’re keen to do it and are hoping to have a deal in place with another NHL team sooner than later.
The exact words were that the “Devils are motivated” to make a move.
This could be a big plus for team sniffing around the availability of the left-winger. While earlier reports were that there wasn’t much in the way of back-and-forth conversations, these new reports suggest the Devils want to get the conversation going, will be eager to negotiate for the best offer and try to make something work, with whatever team ultimately lands Hall.
The Colorado Avalanche are still the team considered the strongest bet, but of late, teams like the Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars, New York Islanders and even St. Louis Blues have crept into the conversation. St. Louis’ interest is greatly dependent on what happens with Vladimir Tarasenko and his injury recovery.
Friedman added, “New Jersey is willing to keep money to make the deal better and facilitate it, and that is smart.”
Considering Hall is a rental and many teams would have been out of the running if it meant swallowing what was remaining on his $6 million cap hit, if the Devils are willing to help out and retain some salary, they open up the door to at least three or four more teams getting into the bidding and the prospect pool New Jersey can pick from gets a whole lot deeper.
As the news gets around that the Devils want to make the best deal possible and are open to being flexible on how that deal gets done, watch more teams step into the picture, even if it is still Colorado’s spot to lose.
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