The Arizona Coyotes are looking to end their prolonged playoff dry spell by adding a player desperate to get back to the post-season himself.
Hall goes to the Coyotes along with Blake Speers in exchange for forward prospects Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr, protective prospect Kevin Bahl, a 2020 first-round pick and a conditional third-round pick in 2021. The third-rounder ends up being a second-rounder if the Coyotes win a playoff round or Hall re-signs and elevates to a very first if both those things take place. The first-round pick is top-three protected.
Hall, 28, has 6 objectives and 19 assists in 30 video games this season. He set up 93 points in 76 games during his MVP season.
"Taylor Hall is one of the elite talents in the game today: a Hart Trophy winner, a high-end playmaker and among the NHL's most talented forwards," Coyotes general supervisor John Chayka said. "We are beyond thrilled to add Taylor to our team as we continue in our objective of bringing a Stanley Cup home to Arizona."
During nine-plus seasons with the Edmonton Oilers and Devils, Hall has 208 objectives and 328 assists in 592 regular-season games. He has played in just five championship game because time.
New Jersey was looking to re-sign Hall to a long-term agreement however has struggled this season. Regardless of trading for P.K. Subban, signing Wayne Simmonds and choosing Jack Hughes first overall, the Devils are last in the Metropolitan Division.
The Coyotes have not made the playoffs considering that reaching the 2012 Western Conference Finals. They presently lead the Pacific Division thanks to well balanced scoring and strong goaltending.
"I'm signing up with a group with some young studs, a great deal of really good defencemen, and undoubtedly 2 goalies that have actually played fantastic this year," Hall stated by means of conference call. "You discuss those things which's really what you require in a contender, and that's what it seems like the Coyotes are."
The Devils got Hall in a one-for-one sell 2016, sending defenceman Adam Larsson to Edmonton. They got a playoff look out of it in 2018 and turned him into an attractive plan to supplement their future.
The 19-year-old Bahl is a 6-foot-7 defenceman who is having fun with Ottawa (OHL). He has 5 objectives and 15 assists and is a plus 20 in 28 video games with the 67's. The British Columbia native was Arizona's second-round choice in the 2018 draft.
Merkley is a centre with Tucson (AHL). He has three objectives and 13 assists in 26 video games. He was the 30th total choice in the 2015 draft.
Schnarr has one objective and eight helps in 22 games with Tucson. He led Guelph to the OHL title last season, scoring 34 goals and 68 helps in the regular season and 8 objectives and 11 helps in the post-season.