Arizona Coyotes set to make another launch at UFA Taylor Hall pending


Arizona Coyotes expected to throw another shot to keep the star ahead Taylor Hall to hit unrestricted free agency on Wednesday, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports.

Hall, acquired by the Coyotes from the New Jersey Devils in December, has spent this season playing the last of a seven-year deal signed with the Edmonton Oilers in 2012. The Coyotes have traded Nick Merkley, Nathan Schnarr, Kevin Bahl a first-round pick in 2020 and a conditional third-round pick in 2021 – which will advance to a second-round pick if Hall re-signs – for the winger in December. The team have since lost their second-round pick this year and their first-round pick next year for breaking the rules in fitness testing with prospects.

The 28-year-old scored 10 goals and 27 points in 35 regular-season games with the Coyotes, adding two goals and six points in nine games when he returns to the NHL game. He scored six goals and 25 points in 30 games for the Devils before the trade.

Former Coyotes general manager John Chayka initially said the two sides would postpone contract negotiations until the end of the season, but he told Athletic in March that talks began during the break of the NHL. Assistant Steve Sullivan has since been elevated to interim general manager after the team said Chayka ‘quit’ just before the playoffs

Hall was limited to 33 games last season due to a knee injury, posting 11 goals and 37 points. He won the Hart Trophy in 2018 after scoring a career-high 39 goals and 93 points in 76 games and leading the Devils to a playoff berth. He has scored 41 points more than the team’s next top scorer this season.


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