It’s that time of the year again, when speculation at best occurs involving NHL trade rumors and most of the time these NHL “experts” are not right. Sometimes they are however but not in the case of Taylor Hall.
I am not claiming I am some “insider” but I do want to express my opinion concerning the future of Taylor Hall in Edmonton. Do not take this as a guaranteed happening these are just my thoughts.
Taylor Hall NHL Trade Rumor
The Edmonton Oilers have had first round draft picks summer after summer and what did they do? Stock up on offense, offense that has absolutely no chemistry what so ever. To make matters worse, they have no defense and no goaltending. And Edmonton wonders why they never make it into the playoffs. Well something has to give in order for this team to start re-building the proper way. If they can handle it.
In my opinion I don’t think trading Taylor Hall is the right move. Although he holds the most value on the team and a personal favorite player of mine and would love to see him on a playoff contending team now, this is not the best move for Edmonton at the moment.
In 40 games played so far this season Hall has 29 points (11 goals and 18 assists) For a team that struggles all over the ice these are pretty decent numbers for one player. He is a -9 however but he’s on a garbage team that can’t even get things corrected in warm-ups. Last season Hall had a career year of 80 points, he may not hit that number this season but can you blame him? I would get sick of playing on a losing team season after season as well.
Hall does carry a $6M cap hit up until the 2019-2020 season then he becomes a free agent when he becomes 29 years old. In today’s game it’s all about the salary cap and evenly dispersing your money throughout the lineup. Even if the Oilers were looking to shop Hall, I can’t see any team taking that cap hit unless they were another Edmonton like team, putting Hall right back in the same spot where I am sure he does not want to be.
With that being said, I don’t see Hall going anywhere unless he asks to be moved due to not being able to take the abuse of losing every season. And after several losing seasons we could possibly see that happen in the future. But as long as he’s making those BIG bucks, what’s he really care about winning or losing right now? Make your money now, then win the BIG game later in your career. At least that’s how Edmonton has set his career up by throwing that outrageous contract at him.
To also prove my point of money management in today’s game, just take a look at Edmonton’s roster/cap hits. It’s absolutely ridiculous, they did not spend their money correctly.
A player I can see being moved though would be Nail Yakupov. He doesn’t hold much value and being a RFA this summer he could possibly pull in more draft picks just so Edmonton can screw it all up again.
Yakupov has 5 goals and 6 assists totaling 11 points. Yeah, he will only draw in draft picks unless he miraculously scores another 50 points before the trade deadline. Which will never happen for yet another overrated Russian born hockey player.
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