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It’s done. It’s finally done. Goodbye, friend. Wish we could’ve got you a Cup.
#NJDevils NEWS: Taylor Hall and Blake Speers to ARI in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, third-round selection (conditional) in 2021, D Kevin Bahl and F Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr.https://t.co/PPZFky75oV— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) December 16, 2019
Some trade wrap-up:
I’m pretty sure the Flames were the mystery team who made New Jersey think long and hard about a hockey deal, which partly explained the delay past the weekend before the Arizona deal got done https://t.co/IRy0Ib0a2t— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) December 18, 2019
#NJDevils Ray Shero on Taylor Hall:— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) December 17, 2019
- He and Hall’s agent never exchanged potential contract offers
- Shero never thought “we have no chance to sign him”
- Hall never asked for a trade
- This doesn’t become an “everyone’s available” situation moving forward
Ouch. That hurts.
The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun with a look around the league at who was interested in Hall, how interested they were and why the Devils traded him when they did: [The Athletic ($)]
So once Taylor Hall hits the open market this summer, what will he get paid? A look at a few comparables: [Sportsnet]
The Kings have parted ways with Ilya Kovalchuk, but our old friend might not be out of work for long:
Some teams have already inquired and it’s believed there are a few good options and at least one NHL team keenly interested. Kovalchuk wants to get back playing ASAP. https://t.co/0tqdx84qxS— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 17, 2019
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