On Monday night, the New Jersey Devils completed a successful deal that sent Taylor Hall, the 2018 Hight Trophy winner, and Black Spurs with the Arizona Coyotes for three prospects and two conditional picks.
The hall was the focus of trade rumors dating all the way back to the offseason. On November 30, rumors began to heat up when Devils general manager Ray Shero had begun to hear bids for his star – and given the team’s slow start – New Jersey seemed to be looking forward.
“Taylor Hall is one of the elite talent in the game today, a Hart Trophy winner, a top player and one of the most talented NHL players,” said Coyotes GM John Chayka. “We are extremely excited to add Taylor to our team as we continue our mission of bringing the Stanley Cup home to Arizona.”
Joining the Glendale Flight Hall are Speers, who ran for three games this season and was a third-round draft pick of the Devils in 2015. In return, New Jersey receives a conditional preliminary round in 1971, a third-round draft pick. in 2021, promotes Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr and Defenseman Kevin Bahl.
The first round selection is protected by lotteries. According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, if Arizona doesn’t make the playoffs and finish as the top three, it’ll be postponed to 2021. As for the third round of 2021, it’s up to the Coyotes to renew / or win a round in the Stanley Cup playoffs. If that happens, the third round option becomes second and should happen and be done first. if that doesn’t happen, a third-round option remains.
According to CapFriendly, Hall brings a $ 6 million hit cap in 2019-20; However, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet notes that the devils “retained 50 percent” of the visit.
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While the 28-year-old wing will spend the rest of the season in the desert, he is set to become a free agent on July 1 and is expected to test the free agent market.
Selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 2010, he has played in 30 games this season, scoring six goals and 25 points. Starting with a 2018-19 abbreviation that saw skating in 33 matches (37 points), he is on pace for 16 goals this year. A healthy zero in the Devils’ last two contests with the start of the trade talks is a long way from his career-high 39 goals just two years ago when Hart won.