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Sports Blues interested in Taylor Hall?

19:05  10 april  2021
19:05  10 april  2021 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

Boston Bruins to acquire Taylor Hall

  Boston Bruins to acquire Taylor Hall Hall had just two goals in 37 goals for the Sabres this season.Hall had full control of this process, considering he held a no-movement clause and could block a trade to any team in the league. He decided to waive that clause to go to Boston. David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period notes that the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals were also in the running earlier Sunday. The fact that the Sabres were unable to secure a first-round pick for Hall will be the takeaway for Buffalo fans, but he is in the midst of a brutal season.

A few days ago, it looked as if St. Louis was leaning towards selling but things may have changed. The Blues sit one point out of the final playoff spot in the West Division and are coming off a 9-1 thrashing of Minnesota on Friday night. With that in mind, TSN’s Frank Seravalli reports that the Blues have inquired about one of the top rentals available in Buffalo winger Taylor Hall.

a hockey game in the snow: Buffalo Sabres left wing Taylor Hall. © Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports Buffalo Sabres left wing Taylor Hall.

Hall’s struggles this season have been well-documented as the 29-year-old has just two goals along with17 assists, hardly the type of production that he or the Sabres were expecting this season.  It’s also nowhere near close to justifying his $8M price tag which is why Buffalo is expected to retain as much as the maximum 50% to facilitate a trade between now and Monday’s trade deadline. Hall is also willing to entertain extension talks as well, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported on Thursday.

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  Veteran forwards Kyle Turris, Paul Byron put on waivers Once reliable scoring options, Byron and Turris have seen their stocks fall dramatically the past few seasons.For Bishop and the Senators, this is a simple move to regain the roster flexibility they have had for most of the season. After clearing waivers before the season began, Bishop was able to move freely between the active roster and taxi squad depending on need, saving the Senators some cash on off days. His exempt status expired earlier this month, meaning he needed to clear again to be assigned to the taxi squad. With just three points in 12 games, Bishop is likely to clear again.

St. Louis doesn’t have the cap space to take on a $4M deal after retention but they do have a winger who appears to be on the outs in Mike Hoffman. He has also struggled with his new team, notching nine goals with a dozen assists in 36 games, well below the 36 and 29 goals he tallied in each of the last two years when he was with Florida. If they were to include him in a trade for Hall and Buffalo retained half, there would be no cap change on either side.

Of course, the question would then become what other asset(s) would be added by St. Louis to make such a move palatable for the Sabres. While it’s possible (if not probable) that Buffalo would turn around and flip Hoffman in this particular scenario, they’d still be looking for other picks or prospects.

Blues open to moving some pending unrestricted free agents

  Blues open to moving some pending unrestricted free agents With the team looking like more of a seller at the deadline, some specific names are emerging as potential trade targets.Hoffman is clearly the headliner of the two. He was pegged to be one of the more highly sought-after players in free agency last fall but it took a long time for a market to materialize. He ultimately settled on a PTO with the Blues with the framework of an agreement in place. The two sides worked out a one-year, $4M pact just before the regular season got underway.

GM Kevyn Adams has been seeking a first-round pick for Hall but so far, there haven’t been any takers. If that doesn’t change over the next couple of days, a move like this that would yield another piece or two could become more of a possibility while St. Louis could become a very intriguing team in the playoff chase in the process.

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