NHL Rumor Mill – December 21, 2019
Could Taylor Hall re-sign with the Coyotes? Are there teams interested in Hurricanes defenseman Jake Gardiner? Who could the Blues target in the trade market? Find out in today’s NHL rumor mill.
COULD HALL RE-SIGN WITH THE COYOTES?
NHL.COM: cited Taylor Hall’s agent, Darren Ferris, telling The Athletic it’s “absolutely a possibility” his client could re-sign with the Arizona Coyotes. Hall was traded to the Coyotes on Monday by the New Jersey Devils.
“It gives Arizona an opportunity that it probably would not have been afforded for him to consider in the future because you just don’t know where the mindset would be at the end of the year.”
“Now you get a chance to have him in there, have him get an idea of what it’s like to be in Arizona, and I have the feeling with the way [Taylor] approaches things that he will really like Arizona and the lifestyle there. He is going to see that, ‘This might be a place where I can play for a while.’
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, acquiring Hall allows the Coyotes a chance to sign Hall they wouldn’t have had if they traded for him. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean it’s a foregone conclusion.
The salary cap will be an issue. The Coyotes currently have over $79 million invested in 15 players for 2020-21. They’re allowed to exceed the cap by 10 percent in the off-season, provided they are cap compliant when the season opens.
They’ll get some cap relief if necessary by placing all-but-retired Marian Hossa ($5.275 million) on long-term injury reserve. Hall could cost at least $10 million annually to re-sign, meaning the Coyotes will still have to shed salary to make room for his new contract.
LATEST ON THE BLUES
THE ATHLETIC: In a recent mailbag segment, Jeremy Rutherford was asked which players the St. Louis Blues might look to add via trade. If they’re looking to add to their top-six forwards, he suggests New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider would be a good fit playing alongside Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues were reportedly among the clubs interested in Hall before he was traded to the Coyotes. Kreider would be a more affordable option, but there could be a bidding war for his services with Hall off the market leading up to the Feb. 24 trade deadline.
I think a lot will depend upon sidelined winger Vladimir Tarasenko’s recovery from shoulder surgery. If there’s any concern over the length of his recovery or his effectiveness once he returns, they could go shopping for a top-six forward.
There are teams who wonder if they can pry Gardiner out of Carolina before the Feb. 24 trade deadline because of his usage on the Hurricanes (5th Canes D TOI)… Something to monitor in the second half. On other hand, nice depth/luxury to have for Carolina https://t.co/7y41nQDkXI
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) December 20, 2019