There is a great deal of uncertainty about what will come next for former Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall this season but everyone seems to be certain about at least one thing, he will not be ending this current season as a member of the New Jersey Devils. Hall has made it clear in the past that after years of losing he wants to play with a team that will give him a chance to achieve success in the National Hockey League and given the way things are trading for his current team, the New Jersey Devils, this season it seems highly unlikely that he would ever agree to sign a new deal with them.
As a result there is a widely held belief that New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero will be pulling the trigger on a trade prior to the 2019 - 2020 NHL trade deadline, the only question remaining on everyone's mind is where Hall will land once that trade has been made. Although no one truly knows where Hall will end up just yet one NHL insider has taken a shot at suggesting what would truly be a blockbuster trade deal. In a recent article for the New York Post, insider Larry Brooks suggested that Hall could be moved in a player for player trade involving another one of the NHL's young stars.
If the Flames knew they could sign Hall to an extension, would they move Johnny Gaudreau (five goals, 18 assists, 23 points in 25 games and with a cap hit of $6.75 million per through 2021-22) for the pending free agent?
Would the Devils make that deal, or would Shero seek a more traditional rental return (first-rounder, prospect, et al) for No. 9?
Taylor Hall for Johnny Gaudreau straight up, would you make that deal? The Flames of course would want to work out an extension with Hall prior to making this deal a reality given that Hall could in theory walk away at the end of the season if they didn't, but would Hall want to play in Calgary? The Flames looked like serious contenders last season but have not shown the same form this time around. Hall has made it clear he wants to be on a contending team but would he perhaps relish the chance to play for the biggest rival of his former team, the Edmonton Oilers?
This would certainly make for a blockbuster trade deal, but would you do it?