By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The crown jewel of the 2020 NHL trade deadline is already and officially off the board, as the Arizona Coyotes have successfully traded for New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall, the teams confirmed Monday afternoon.
The Devils got their haul for Hall (I’m so sorry), too, as the Coyotes sent a 2020 first-round pick, a conditional third-round selection in 2021, along with prospect defenseman Kevin Bahl and forwards Nick Merkley and Nate Schnarr. The Devils also retained half of Hall’s $6 million salary and sent AHL forward Blake Speers to the Coyotes to complete the deal.
As for the conditions on the draft picks, the first-round pick in 2020 is Top-3 protected, while the 2021 third-round pick becomes a 2021 second-round pick should the Devils win a playoff round or re-sign Hall at the end of the season, and it will become a first-round pick should both conditions be met by the Coyotes and Hall.
If you’re looking for a comparable package from the B’s standpoint beyond the picks, it probably features top defensive prospect Urho Vaakanainen or Axel Andersson on the backend, along with some combination of forwards Zach Senyshyn and Trent Frederic, or perhaps the rights to Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson, who left the organization to go play in Sweden this past offseason, if you wanted to get real tricky with it.
But it would not have been that simple, of course, as the Bruins are tight up against the cap, which would have likely required some maneuvering beyond the Devils eating half of Hall’s salary.
Hall, a pending unrestricted free agent, comes to the Coyotes with six goals and 25 points in 30 games this season.
The Devils originally acquired Hall from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenseman Adam Larsson, and Hall certainly appeared to enjoy New Jersey, with a Hart Trophy to go with 76 goals and 208 points in 211 games with the Devs.