The New Jersey Devils star Taylor Hall has been the subject of rumors all month, and the pursuit for the 28-year-old forward is just heating up.
On Saturday’s “Canada Hockey Night”, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet said the Devils “encourage other teams to bid” for Hall and the Colorado Avalanche have become favorites to get his services.
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“[There is] not so much back and forth [yet],” Johnston said. “The feeling in the industry is that the Colorado Avalanche is the favorite at the moment, pushing to get Taylor Hall maybe just the Christmas break.”
Hall’s contract – worth $ 6 million [AAV] – expires after this season, which could usually reduce the value of the player. Johnston, however, said some NHL clubs believe it may take up to four pieces to surpass the UFA to be found away from New Jersey, which initially acquired Hall in 2016 in a one-for-one trade with the Edmonton Oilers defender Adam Larsson the other way.
According to CapFriendly, avalanches have about $ 5,958 million in salaries, which means they could get the room without having to fight too hard for an administrative battle to stay within range. Colorado currently has six options in the 2020 NHL draft – as well as the first and second rounds of their 2021 and 2022 selections – to play in order to sweeten a potential deal.
Colorado is in second place in the Central Division after a 4-1 win over the Boston Bruins on December 7, making it the first team to win in Boston this season. Adding the hall to the avalanche calendar before December would drastically enhance one of the league’s highest-rated offenses.
The NHL is not scheduled to take place this season between Tuesday 24 December and Thursday 26 December during the Christmas break. The championship roster freeze takes effect between 11:59 pm local time December 19 to 12:01 local time on December 28, during which players cannot negotiate.
Hall and Devils general manager Ray Shero said the native of Calgary, Alta., Did not ask New Jersey to block it. Hall has six goals and 19 appearances in 29 games this season – at pace to reach 70 points or more for the third time in his career.