The New Jersey Devils have sent two-time all-star, Taylor Hall to the Arizona Coyotes.
Hall, 28, has sat out of his last couple of games with the Devils. It was obvious that he no longer wanted to play in New Jersey, so they started to look to move him.
The Calgary native is a former first overall draft pick to the Edmonton Oilers.
Through 30 games played this year, Hall has a stat line of 6-19-25. He is also a -11 which means he has been on the ice for 11 goals more for the opposing team.
The return for the former Hart Trophy winner is seemingly light. In exchange for Hall, the Devils received Arizona’s 2020 first-round draft pick along with a conditional 3rd-round pick. They also received three prospects.
To #Coyotes: Taylor Hall, Blake Speers.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) December 16, 2019
To #NJDevils: Nick Merkley, Kevin Bahl, Nate Schnarr, 2020 1st round pick, Conditional 2021 3rd round pick (can become a 1st or 2nd).
NJD are retaining 50% of Hall's salary.
Defenseman Kevin Bahl, and forwards Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr will be making their way to New Jersey.
Kevin Bahl is certainly the main player the Devils received in return. Bahl, the 19-year-old defenseman stands in at six-foot-seven and has improved since joining the Ottawa 67’s. He is becoming more of an overall player in the OHL and could look into making the jump into the AHL in the next season.
Merkley was the first draft choice for the Coyotes in the 2015 draft. He has only played one game in the NHL and is having a mediocre career in the AHL with the Tucson Roadrunners. The Devils will look to exfoliate him to the top of his potential to improve their team.
Schnarr was also playing in Tuscon until the trade. In his first year in the AHL, Schnarr has only nine points in 22 games played.
Not to mention, the Devils will retain half of Hall’s salary.
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