We are currently sitting six days away from the NHL trade deadline and one of the biggest wonders around the league is what happens with Taylor Hall? Everyone knows he signed a one year deal with Buffalo and it’s gone horribly wrong this season for him and the Sabres. Hall will undoubtedly be the hottest name on the block because of his background and his ability to fill the net but will Kevyn Adams potentially take less than a first rounder to move him? It’s been widely speculated that the first year GM wants at least a first round pick in return for Hall but the problem is his play this year isn’t worth that for any team that’s contending. However if there’s a team willing to meet Buffalo’s demands these are my five best fits for Hall.
New York Islanders: The Islanders naturally make the most sense because they need a dynamic presence to go along with Mat Barzal especially since Anders Lee got hurt. If you listen to Two 4 Roughing, one of my favorite things to say about the Isles is that the sum is greater than all its parts. Which isn’t a knock on them at all as they play an excellent team game but they lack that true game-breaking offensive talent. If Lou can land Hall and he regains his Hart Trophy self from Jersey then the Isles will become my favorite to play for the Cup. One thing to keep in mind here is that Lou can also look to grab NY native Kyle Palmieri for what one could assume would be less than any package for Hall.
Boston Bruins: This one again is another one of those no doubt teams because everyone knows Boston wants to go for it and win another Cup. They’ve been all in for awhile now and Hall playing alongside Krejci makes far too much sense for Sweeney to potentially pass up. Especially since adding a player like Hall helps make Boston a deeper lineup after the Perfection Line. If the Bruins can’t pry Mass native Conor Garland from the Coyotes, Hall and Palmieri are the logical targets.
Florida Panthers: This one might seem a bit odd because at first glance you would think Florida would most likely like to add a D especially after losing Ekblad which is true. However Florida currently sits as one of the top teams in the league and it never hurts to add some more goal scoring especially for a Cup push. I would expect Bill Zito to look to add a defenseman as well but I wouldn’t be shocked to see him go big game hunting here especially since they could place Ekblad on LTIR and weaponize his money on a rental like Hall.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Like I’ve said on the latest episode of Two 4 Roughing I fully expect the Pens to add a forward for the playoff push. Bringing in Hall would certainly be rough against their cap with all the money they have tied up but this ownership has shown before that they’re committed to winning as much as they can while they have Crosby and Malkin.
Edmonton Oilers: This one is definitely a dark horse and the fit would be really tough considering they have absolutely no cap space but we’ve heard for so long they want a wing who can play alongside McDavid. Look no further than the former Oiler. This is the kind of move that would benefit both sides because Hall would show he can still play at an extremely high level after his slow stints in Arizona and Buffalo and Edmonton could add that dynamic wing that could help lengthen their forward group and spread out the offense and keep them from having to load up 29 and 97.Embed from Getty Images