Why is he available?
Last week we heard there were “loud rumblings” that the New Jersey Devils will trade left-wing and 2018 Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall.
Hall is a pending unrestricted free agent after his six-year $36 million deal expires on June 30, 2020. And with the Devils toiling at he bottom of the league again, Hall is likely to look for greener pastures.
Since joining the NHL as the first-overall pick in 2010 Hall has featured in five playoff games. Just five! And they all came in the 2017-18 season with the Devils after he dragged them there thanks to an MVP level performance.
He’s scored more than 50 points in six seasons. Two of those seasons he scored 80 or more. Including a 93 point season that won him the Hart Trophy in 2017-18.
Islanders Interest Level: 5/5
Hall is a top-quality elite-level player that Lou Lamoriello is looking to target. To complete his roster.
Now, with the Devils being a divisional rival the price is going to be astronomical. Vegas gave up a top-tier prospect, a depth NHL veteran forward, and a second-round pick in 2020 for Mark Stone. The price for Taylor Hall will be more not only because it would be to a rival but because Hall’s trophy cabinet has a Hart Trophy. It might take a third-party to get this trade done.
If Hall is in fact on the market by the February trade deadline, you have to think that Lou Lamoriello will do his best to pull him to the Island.