After all the rumors and speculation the last few weeks or so, the New Jersey Devils have finally traded star winger Taylor Hall to the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes beat out competitors such as the Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, and Edmonton Oilers amongst others. The move was completed right before the NHL’s roster freeze which is effective on December 19th…full details of the trade are seen below:
I’ve been saying for the past few weeks that it was time for the Devils to trade Taylor Hall. The team is not ready to compete for the playoffs and things will continue to get worse before it gets better. New Jersey felt they were getting a much more sizable deal from the Coyotes then they would’ve gotten from other suitors for Hall. The Devils did the right thing by getting as many assets as they could get to help build a better team in the future. The draft picks in particular will help add more young talent to the equation and continuing to replenish their minor league system. They did the opposite and learned from the New York Islanders mistake as they should’ve traded John Tavares and got something for him. Instead he walked away to the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Islanders got nothing. Also, Hall has become a problem and distraction in the locker room with his inability to take criticism from his own fan base and media. The Devils need the opposite of the character he’s shown this season in particular. Hall also clearly showed he didn’t want to re-sign with the Devils and better trade someone who clearly doesn’t want to be around anymore. Overall, very good trade and haul for the New Jersey Devils!
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