ARIZONA COYOTES

Coyotes reportedly a leading team to trade for Devils F Taylor Hall

Dec 14, 2019, 9:20 AM | Updated: 1:51 pm
New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall (9) skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game aga...
New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall (9) skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
(AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

The Arizona Coyotes’ interest in Taylor Hall was first reported more than a week ago, but reports that linked Arizona to the Devils star intensified on Friday night.

John Shannon, formerly of Sportsnet, reported that the there was interest in Hall from multiple teams, but that St. Louis and Arizona were “at the top of the list.” TSN’s Bob McKenzie followed that up by saying:

I’m not saying Hall will end up in ARI, but I would say Coyotes appear to be one of the teams with notable interest in him and likely have the motivation/wherewithal to perhaps get it done. Though I suspect they are not alone on those counts.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that Hall would be held out of his team’s game Saturday, coincidentally, at Arizona. That’s the second night in a row he’ll sit out as a trade could be on the horizon. Hall also didn’t play on Friday night at Colorado.

It’s not clear what Arizona would have to give up to get Hall, and mentions of specific names thus far have been purely speculative. But from Friedman’s report on Dec. 4, it’s believed New Jersey wants first-round picks and/or high-level prospects, and badly needs defense. Victor Soderstrom, who seems unlikely to be traded, Kevin Bahl and Kyle Capobianco are among Arizona’s top defensive prospects.

If the Coyotes moved a first-round pick in the deal, keep in mind that their on-ice success this year means it will likely be a late-round pick.

One variable to the trade noise is Hall’s contract situation. The 28-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, which means that a team acquiring him would have to see him as a rental unless it gets a contract extension done in concert with a trade.

Bear in mind, too, the Coyotes’ cap situation: Arizona doesn’t have an abundance of cap space — only about $1.6 million, according to CapFriendly — which adds a hurdle to a trade by the Coyotes. Hall’s cap hit is $6 million.

Acquiring Hall would fill a need for the Coyotes at the right price, since Hall is a former 39-goal-scorer and won the Hart Trophy (league MVP) only two years ago. The Coyotes rank 23rd in the league in goals per game entering Saturday.

Penguin Air

Penguin Air

Arizona Coyotes

Logan Cooley, #3 pick by the Arizona Coyotes, poses for a portrait during the 2022 Upper Deck NHL D...
Arizona Sports

Coyotes’ Logan Cooley to play for U.S. at World Junior Championship

Coyotes prospect Logan Cooley -- the 2022 No. 3 pick -- will represent the United States at the upcoming IIHF World Junior Championship.
1 day ago
Head coach of the Cleveland Monsters John Madden looks on from behind the bench against the Laval R...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Coyotes hire assistant coach John Madden

John Madden joins Andre Tourigny's coaching staff after spending the last two seasons with the San Jose Sharks as an assistant.
13 days ago
Zack Kassian #44 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates a goal against the Ottawa Senators during the fi...
Sam Graveline

Armstrong: F Zack Kassian perfect fit for new style of ‘Coyotes hockey’

Among the many moves the Coyotes made during the NHL Draft, the sneaky acquisition of veteran forward Zack Kassian could be very important.
16 days ago
Conor Geekie is drafted by the Arizona Coyotes during Round One of the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft at...
Alex Weiner

Coyotes’ draftee Conor Geekie sets goal to make impact in 1st season

Arizona Coyotes first-rounder Conor Geekie says he believes he can make the NHL in Year 1 and have an impact.
20 days ago
Conor Geekie, #11 pick by the Arizona Coyotes, poses for a portrait during the 2022 Upper Deck NHL ...
Jake Anderson

Coyotes ink No. 11 overall pick Conor Geekie to 3-year entry-level deal

The Coyotes put pen to paper with forward Conor Geekie, who Arizona traded up to select No. 11 overall in the 2022 NHL Draft.
21 days ago
Logan Cooley smiles during a news conference after being selected as the third overall pick by the ...
Arizona Sports

Pittsburgh-native, Coyotes pick Logan Cooley says he was a Capitals fan

Pittsburgh native and Coyotes top draft pick Logan Cooley surprised Wolf & Luke by declaring himself a Capitals fan growing up.
23 days ago
Coyotes reportedly a leading team to trade for Devils F Taylor Hall