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Oilers likely to be outbid if they pursue a trade for Taylor Hall

5 décembre 2019
In a stunning turn of events, considering their position in the standings at the conclusion of last season, the Edmonton Oilers are leading the Pacific Division and sit 2nd in the Western Conference.


Many pundits are viewing the Oilers as a team that, if they maintain their position throughout the season, should truly go for it.

A lot of noise has been made by fans in Edmonton who would love to have Taylor Hall return to the team that drafted him 1st overall in 2010.

Well, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, there may be a limit on what the Oilers are willing to offer Devils GM Ray Shero to attempt to bring back Edmonton's former sweetheart, Taylor Hall.

"I don’t even know if there’s a guarantee that he’s going to extend right now either. I think generally he’s preferred to wait until the end of the year. I don’t know if anybody trading for him now is even going to get the opportunity to try to sign him. I just think Edmonton, they’re interested, but there’s a limit to what they want to do. I have a feeling that threshold for this deal is going to exceed that.”

Hall's New Jersey Devils are struggling this season, sitting 5 points ahead of the last place Detroit Red Wings. The winger is not exactly struggling himself, however he is not exactly turning any heads either. Hall has recorded just 22 points in 27 games this season, putting him on a modest 67-point pace.

If you look at the return for C Matt Duchene at last season's deadline, - a 1st round pick, two solid prospects and another conditional 1st rounder - you would have to imagine that's where the discussion starts with Taylor Hall, but the expected bidding war (rumoured to be up to six teams at this point) would only drive the price up from there for the former Hart Trophy winner.

Would the Oilers actually be willing to part with one of Evan Bouchard or Philip Broberg, plus Kailer Yamamoto, a 1st round pick plus a conditional 1st round pick? It seems like a pretty steep price for a team that may have shot at signing Hall for free as a free agent on July 1st, provided they can make some room under the cap by moving out a couple of bodies between now and Summer 2020.

For Oilers fans who believe they have a shot at trading for Hall without giving up a young defenseman, Friedman has some bad news for you:

“I do think that New Jersey is looking for young defencemen. It’s an area they want to fix…They’re going to look to somebody to give them a young defenceman or two. Colorado has got them. Edmonton has got them.”

It is worth noting that if it came down to Colorado and Edmonton, it may come down to who can flex more here and Colorado would be able to offer the same compensation that the Oilers can offer, but can complete the deal without New Jersey having to eat any salary on the Hall contract.

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