The biggest free-agent forward this off-season is nonother than Taylor Hall. Hall was the number one overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft. The former Hart Trophy winner is still seeking a Stanley Cup ring and may want to go to a contender next season. There is reason to believe that winning may be a significant factor in where the six-foot-one left-winger lands. Although Hall had a down season last year with only 16 goals and 36 assists, he was injured most of the season. He will likely command a hefty price tag. Hallzy makes any team immediately a better team. When Hall is healthy and surrounded by great talent, he’s the total package. Will Hall push a contender over the edge? Or will a team look to build around the 28-year-old quickly? Here are the three teams that could sign Taylor Hall.
Colorado has over 22 million dollars worth of cap space and several restricted free agents to sign. However, they have plenty of room to add the services of Taylor Hall and keep most of their team intact. At times the Colorado Avalanche played like a top-heavy team, and adding Taylor Hall would allow him or Landeskog to solidify their top-six. The issue is with Cale Makar set to become an RFA, and Landeskog becoming a free agent next season, Hall will likely only be presented a one-year deal. However, that one year deal, they could let Hall name his price. Playing on a line with MacKinnon and Rantanen and a shot at the Cup will be an enticing offer, but there will be other teams offering Hall more term.
The Boston Bruins are a team that has one to two years left in their window to win a Stanley Cup. They could be willing to take the risk of signing Hall to a deal with some term as long as he is ready to take a pay cut and make around probably a little more than seven million dollars AAV. This would be the secondary scoring needed for the Bruns. Also, it could be the best of both worlds for Taylor Hall as he gets the chance to win with a little less term. It looks as if Krug is all but gone, and the signing of Hall would be the writing on the wall that DeBrusk would likely be gone as well. Would Hall take a pay cut for a chance to win a cup playing on a line with Krejci in a team with a winning culture? It has to be enticing.
There is a team that can give Taylor Hall everything he wants except for the possibility to win right now. If Hall is not interested in taking a short-term deal or a pay cut, Montreal could be a dark horse to land the former Hart Trophy winner. Rumors are stirring that Montreal could move Max Domi, and Montreal would have plenty of room to let Taylor Hall write down whatever number he wants and to play in one of if not the biggest hockey market in the world. Could Hall be enticed by cash, term, and the atmosphere of playing in the Bell Centre?
Hall will be the most prominent free-agent forward on the market. Where do you see him going? Would you want Taylor Hall? Let us know.