NHL Rumor Mill – November 29, 2019
Would Taylor Hall be a good addition for the Canadiens? Who could the Oilers target to bolster their secondary scoring? Find out in today’s NHL rumor mill.
WOULD HALL BE A GOOD ADDITION FOR THE CANADIENS?
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Stu Cowan cites TSN insider Darren Dreger suggesting Taylor Hall would be a good addition for the Montreal Canadiens. The New Jersey Devils winger is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
“I think that Taylor Hall would be a good addition for the Montreal Canadiens,” Dreger told Toronto’s TSN 1050 OverDrive show. “I don’t understand why they wouldn’t have interest and I’m not so sure that, given the opportunity, Taylor Hall wouldn’t sign in with the Montreal Canadiens.”
Dreger said Hall’s agent and Devils general manager Ray Shero have “nibbled at parameters” of a new contract but no solid numbers have been proposed. He believes the Hall camp wants to see how this season plays out. Dreger also feels Hall wouldn’t be concerned over the pressure of playing in a Canadian market, citing his years with the Edmonton Oilers.
NHL.COM: In a recent mailbag segment, Dan Rosen included the Canadiens among the clubs he feels could pursue Hall if the Devils decide to move him before the Feb. 24 trade deadline. Other destinations could include the Colorado Avalanche, New York Islanders, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hall would improve any team’s offense, but he can’t fix the Canadiens’ porous defense, and that’s what killing the Habs right now. Rather than waste money and assets on Hall before the trade deadline or in next summer’s UFA market, Montreal GM Marc Bergevin should instead bolster his blueline depth.
SUGGESTED TRADE TARGETS TO BOOST THE OILERS’ SCORING DEPTH
SPORTSNET: New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider, Ottawa Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau, and Calgary Flames winger Michael Frolik are among Sonny Sachdeva’s list of suggested targets to bolster the Edmonton Oilers’ offensive depth. Others include Frolik’s teammates Andrew Mangiapane and Mark Jankowski, Pageau’s teammate Vladislav Namestnikov, and New Jersey Devils winger Nikita Gusev.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Acquiring Kreider or Pageau would be expensive, but they would have the biggest positive effect upon the Oilers’ secondary scoring. Oilers GM Ken Holland wasn’t afraid to make significant moves near the trade deadline during his long tenure with the Detroit Red Wings. He could do it again this season if the Oilers stay in playoff contention.