NHL Rumor Mill – December 3, 2019
The latest on Taylor Hall and Kyle Turris in today’s NHL rumor mill.
MORE POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS FOR HALL
TSN: New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero wouldn’t confirm rumors that he’s listening to offers for Taylor Hall. However, he insists the 28-year-old winger has not requested a trade. He also disputed the notion Hall was no longer focused on helping the Devils. “He hasn’t checked out. He cares. He really does,” Shero said.
NBC SPORTS: Adam Gretz ranks the best destinations for Hall. Some are those that other pundits have already listed, such as the Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins, and San Jose Sharks. Gretz includes the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders, Nashville Predators, and Carolina Hurricanes.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Matt Larkin includes the Dallas Stars on his list of destinations for Hall. He also lists the Hurricanes, Avalanche, Canadiens, and Oilers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Let the great “Where Could Hall Be Traded To? guessing game begin! I’ve already weighed in regarding the usual suspects so I won’t repeat myself here.
The Hurricanes are in the market for a scoring forward and have depth on defense to deal from. However, they lack sufficient salary-cap space to take on Hall’s $6-million cap hit and I have my doubts they’d be willing to pay the big bucks necessary to re-sign him. Hall would be a great fit with the Stars but they also lack the cap dollars to take him on. Cap space is also an issue for the Penguins.
On the other hand, the Islanders have over $8 million in cap room. Adding an impact player like Hall could turn them into a Cup contender this season. Isles GM Lou Lamoriello has made big in-season moves in the past, but it remains to be seen if he’ll roll the dice on Hall.
The Predators also lack the cap room unless they find a taker for Kyle Turris. And speaking of Turris…
WHAT WILL THE PREDATORS DO WITH TURRIS?
THE TENNESSEAN: Paul Skrbina believes the Nashville Predators have three choices with center Kyle Turris, who’s been a healthy scratch in six straight games. They can trade him, play him, or buy out his contract next summer.
Skrbina believes Predators general manager David Poile attempted to trade Turris this summer but couldn’t find any takers because of his $6-million per season salary through 2023-24. He notes Poile and Turris said the center doesn’t want to be traded. However, something’s got to give.
Playing Turris seems the obvious choice but it’s apparent the Predators are unwilling to make it. Buying him out next summer would count as $2 million in dead-cap space against their cap until 2027-28.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If they’re unwilling to play Turris or buy him out, a trade is the only choice. That means picking up a healthy chunk of his annual cap hit and including a prospect or draft pick as a further sweetener in the deal. Otherwise, they’re paying him $6 million annually to sit in the press box.