Devils Trade Taylor Hall To Arizona Coyotes

Star Winger Will Have Chance To Play For A Contender

Ryan Chatelain
December 16, 2019 - 3:14 pm
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Taylor Hall's time with the Devils is over, as New Jersey has traded their MVP winger to the Coyotes.

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The Devils announced that they have acquired draft picks and prospects in exchange for the 28-year-old Hall, who is in the final season of the seven-year, $42 million contract he signed with the Edmonton Oilers in 2013.

New Jersey had been in talks to re-sign Hall, but those negotiations apparently never progressed to the point that general manager Ray Shero believed a deal was imminent. The Devils, meanwhile, did not want to let Hall hit free agency this summer while leaving the team empty-handed.

With the second fewest points in the NHL this season (25), the 10-17-5 Devils did little to prove to Hall that winning is right around the corner. 

One of the picks is a first-round pick in 2020, and the other is a third-round pick in 2021. The prospects coming to New Jersey are Kevin Bahl, Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr, while Blake Speers is also going to the Coyotes.

New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall
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All signs pointed to the Devils being on the verge of trading Hall when he was held out of Friday night's game at the Colorado Avalanche for "precautionary" reasons. He also did not play Saturday at Arizona, where he will now play a lot more often.

Unsurprisingly, several other teams reportedly had interest in Hall, including the Avalanche, Blues, Stars, Oilers, Islanders and Panthers. 

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Hall was the first overall pick of the 2010 draft by Edmonton. He was acquired by the Devils in a July 2016 trade in exchange for defenseman Adam Larsson. 

The best season of Hall's career came with the Devils in 2017-18, when he registered 39 goals and 54 assists (93 points) and won the Hart Trophy. New Jersey reached the Stanley Cup playoffs that season but has taken significant steps backward the past two years, which resulted in the firing of coach John Hynes earlier this month.

In 30 games this season, Hall has six goals and 19 assists. 

The Coyotes are currently in first place in the NHL's Pacific Division. For them, Hall represents a substantial addition to a team that was already looking promising.

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