While forward Taylor Hall has been an unrestricted free agent for several hours now, it sounds like he will be for a few more… And it might be days! Hall’s agent has just revealed that he and his client have discussed with numerous teams and will take a look at all of the offers. He is not expected to make a final decision on where he will play next today.
Hall has mentioned his interest to remain in Arizona when he landed in December from the New Jersey Devils. He spent this season playing out the last of as even-year deal signed with the Edmonton Oilers in 2012. He recorded 10 goals and 27 points in 35 regular-season games with the Coyotes, and added two goals and six points in nine games upon the NHL’s Return to Play in Edmonton’s bubble.
At the end of July, the Coyotes reportedly made him a first offer, one that was said to be embarrassing for the top forward. Hall’s market value is believed between $8 million and $11 million, while NHL insider Elliotte Friedman believes the Yotes’ first offer was below $7 million.
Of course, Hall is expected to receive a considerable raise from his $6 million average annual value on his next deal.
That being said, TSN’s Ryan Rishaug is almost certain that means the Edmonton Oilers are out of the running on this one. Some people continued to believe that Hall could make a return to Edmonton as a free agent, but it sounds like GM Ken Holland won’t clear the necessary cap space to take him on board.
That’s good news for the rest of the teams in the running to land and sign Hall, though it sounds like no one is winning the battle as of today.