The biggest trade of the season has just happened. The New Jersey Devils have traded forward Taylor Hall to the Arizona Coyotes for a conditional first-round draft pick, a second conditional pick, and prospects.
From Pierre LeBrun:
Devils will get a first-round pick plus a conditional pick as well as prospects from Arizona for Taylor Hall
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) December 16, 2019
Prospects further detailed by Corey Masisak:
Can confirm the trade for #NJDevils Taylor Hall to Arizona. Three prospects, plus two conditional draft picks. One is a conditional first-rounder. Kevin Bahl, who plays with three NJD draft picks for the Ottawa 67s, is expected to be one of the prospects.
— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) December 16, 2019
Salary retention vis Chris Johnston:
The #NJDevils retained 50 per cent or Taylor Hall's $6M salary/cap hit.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) December 16, 2019
And conditions from Elliotte Friedman:
Here are conditions on the one pick: stands as a third; if Hall re-signs OR Coyotes win a round, becomes a second; if BOTH happen, becomes a first.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) December 16, 2019
Hall, 28, has played the last four seasons for the Devils, though he missed much of 2018-19 due to injury. Prior to that, Hall began his career with the Edmonton Oilers. In 2018k, Hall won the Hart Trophy as league MVP.
Hall will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.
Meanwhile, the Devils fired head coach John Hynes earlier this month as they toiled in last place in the Metropolitan Division. The move indicates they are now fully rebuilding. On the other side of the country, the Coyotes 19-12-4, currently lead a tumultuous Pacific Division.
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