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Islanders: Keeping up on NHL trade rumors – Loud Rumblings on Taylor Hall

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Hall #9 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on October 09, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Devils 4-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 09: Taylor Hall #9 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on October 09, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defeated the Devils 4-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NEWARK, NJ – JUNE 30: New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello attends the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

In this week’s edition of “Keeping up on NHL trade rumors” I muse about how interested the New York Islanders could be in Taylor Hall and Joel Eriksson Ek.

Every week I look around to see what trade rumors I can find around the net that might be of interest to the New York Islanders. Because at some point, Lou Lamoriello is going to make his second trade as Islanders GM and before he does, it would be nice to see who’s out there.

Like every week I talk about why these players are out on the market. Either there’s some rumbling around the league or it’s just a musing from one of the few rumor mills out there.

Then I try to establish how interested the Islanders would be in that player on a scale of 0-to-5.

I don’t try to establish a trade scenario. Everyone is different and valuations for players are all over the place.

Last week, I talked about rumors of Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie being on the market. That’s effectively gone now that Mike Babcock was fired and with Barrie putting up five points in three games since Babcock’s departure.

I also brought up Minnesota Wild’s Jason Zucker. He and coach Bruce Boudreau aren’t necessarily seeing eye-to-eye and with the Wild falling to the bottom of the league, selling off vets like Zucker makes sense.

This week I bring up another Minnesota Wild player who is reported to be on the trade block and I also write about “loud rumblings” around the possibility that the New Jersey Devils trade winger Taylor Hall.

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